We are delighted to announce that ReadyKey has teamed up with Primoris to compete in OSHA's 'Beat the Heat' contest, a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness and combatting heat-related illnesses in the workplace. As heat remains a leading weather-related killer, the stakes have never been higher.
Heat and the Potential Health Risks
Heat-induced ailments, including heat stroke and heat exhaustion, pose significant health risks to all workers exposed to high temperatures, regardless of their working environment. The adverse effects of heat exacerbate existing health conditions such as asthma, kidney failure, and heart disease, leading to more severe complications. People of color and lower-income individuals, who disproportionately hold jobs exposing them to high heat levels, are particularly at risk.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 1992 and 2017, heat stress was responsible for the deaths of 815 U.S. workers and severe injuries to more than 70,000. Yet, this is likely an underestimate, as heat-induced injuries and deaths are often underreported and can be misclassified due to overlapping symptoms with other diagnoses.
OSHA’s Beat the Heat Contest
In response to these alarming statistics, OSHA has launched the 'Beat the Heat' contest to educate stakeholders, including workers and employers, about heat hazards in the workplace and prevent heat illness through an increased awareness campaign.
For the contest, ReadyKey and Primoris are introducing an innovative solution – a mobile application toolkit built in ReadyKey’s no-code app building platform, complete with interactive resources on heat illness prevention sourced from leading industry entities such as Primoris, ReadyKey, BSI, OSHA, NIOSH, and other public sources. This tool targets anyone working in high-temperature environments, aiming to keep all users informed, safe, and proactive against the dangers of excessive heat.
Our toolkit, which is free to download on the App Store or Google Play Store, provides users with valuable information with or without an internet connection. It ensures that critical knowledge is readily accessible, even away from the desk. The app also offers interactive features like push notifications for weather alerts or best practices reminders, report forms, FAQs, and videos to make it easier than ever to 'Beat the Heat'.
Resources to Support Teams in High-Heat Environments
We hope that users, both employers and workers, gain a comprehensive understanding of how to stay safe when working in high-heat environments. Through easy-to-digest videos, quizzes, and other short-form materials, we hope that users not only learn valuable information but remember and apply it when needed.
In a time when heat-related risks are being exacerbated by rising atmospheric temperatures, our partnership with Primoris for OSHA's 'Beat the Heat' contest signifies our commitment to making workplaces safer. Together, we believe that with the right tools and knowledge, we can beat the heat and create healthier, safer work environments for everyone. This is why we are offering our mobile application as a free resource for anyone exposed to high-temperature environments – organizations, managers, employees, and the general public alike.
With this tool, you can arm yourself with the information necessary to recognize the early signs of heat-related illnesses, prevent their onset, and take swift action when they do occur. This way, you can ensure your safety and that of your colleagues, promoting a healthier working environment for everyone.
Ready to Beat the Heat?
Download the ”Heat Illness Toolkit” app for free today from the App Store or Google Play Store and join us in our mission to create a safer, heat-aware working environment for all.
Remember, in the fight against heat illnesses, every download counts. By taking this step, you're not just protecting yourself and those around you, you're becoming part of a larger movement dedicated to preventing heat-related injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Together, we can make a difference. Stay informed, stay safe, and help us 'Beat the Heat'!