Keeping Cool: Heat Safety Advice from a Weather and Heat Expert
With temperatures rising in the US, construction crews are monitoring weather, water intake, and heat stress symptoms to protect workers. Integrating weather insights into safety management helps make informed decisions. Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT) is crucial in identifying dangerous conditions, especially when combined with humidity. WBGT monitoring devices can accurately assess the index, providing important data for safety plans. While hydration is vital, cooling strategies and work-to-rest ratios based on WBGT are also essential for heat safety. Being prepared and having a comprehensive plan with meteorologists’ input helps ensure worker safety during extreme temperatures.