Strategic Focus: Digital Tools To Protect Workers From Heat-Related Stress

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Executive Summary

With climate change causing a rise in global temperatures, the risks of heat stress for workers are escalating, necessitating more proactive heat stress management strategies by businesses. Traditional methods of managing heat stress are now being augmented with innovative digital solutions. This report highlights various digital tools designed to help firms mitigate heat-related risks and enhance safety and efficiency in the workplace. By harnessing these digital tools, organizations can not only enhance safety and operational efficiency, but also ensure regulatory compliance, prevent heat-related illnesses and boost overall productivity in warm working conditions.

Table of contents

Harnessing digital tools to counter the silent threat of rising temperatures on worker health and safety
Metabolic, environmental and machinery-generated heat contribute to workplace heat exposure
The multifaceted impact of heat-related stress on worker health and productivity
Diverse digital tools to support heat stress management

Table of figures

Figure 1. Three key areas of heat-related risks
Figure 2. Four categories of digital tools for heat stress management

About the authors

April Choy

April is an Analyst at Verdantix in the Verdantix EHS practice. Her current research agenda focuses on emerging technologies and the impact of software on the EHS function. Prior to joining Verdantix, April completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, where she specialized in integrated water management.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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