Heat stress prevention with a heat flux sensor
This short review describes how heat flux sensing technologies can be employed to perform heat stress prevention for a broad range of industrial applications.
About the importance of heat stress prevention
Heat related disorders are a common concern in many industries operating in harshly hot environments. The operators in these industries are frequently exposed to extreme heat for long periods of time.
Heat-related symptoms significantly impact workers’ vigilance, concentration, decision making and execution of physical skills. It has been shown that workplace accidents would prevail in the hottest months of the year 
Many heat-related illnesses exist and can be classed on a spectrum of severity. On one hand, heat strokes are very severe and require immediate medical attention. On the other hand, heat exhaustion holds the potential to harm workers but can be prevented with specific protocols.
Thus, heat-related disorders experienced a growing interest over the past few years for many industries in countries such as Australia.
Based on the numbers published by US department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, at least 43 workers died of heat-related illness in 2019 and thousands more were injured. 
Until now, safety measures relied on indirect methods to identify the relative risk, such as monitoring the environmental conditions, and creating preventive protocols aiming to protect workers.
However, these indirect methods were not designed to monitor every worker’s core body temperature. This proves problematic, since heat tolerance and adaptation vary from person to person.
With past technologies it was very costly and cumbersome to monitor workers in the field.
Now, with CORE body temperature sensor, monitoring can be performed by an affordable, non-invasive, and robust device. Most importantly, CORE body temperature sensor can collect your data for consecutive hours with great accuracy.
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CORE body temperature measurement for your heat stress management program
Why measuring core body temperature to prevent heat stress?
Heat stress occurs when body temperature exceeds individual critical heat exposure limit. Various studies have identified Core Body Temperature as the right vital parameter to monitor for heat stress prevention.
Advantages of CORE body temperature monitor
- Non-invasive & Continuous core body temperature
- Measurement under real-life conditions with great accuracy.
- Easy mounting procedure, through the choice of a chest/arm strap or a medical-grade adhesive patch.
- Water-resistant & sanitization with alcohol solutions.
- Real-time data streaming with wireless connectivity with Garmin and iOS/Android devices (phone and/or watch).
- 3rd party gateway (cockpit) infrastructures for collective CORE device monitoring.
- Get early warning signs of an elevated body temperature for personalized workforce protection.
- Monitor dozens of workers simultaneously with our cloud solution.
- Improve workforce safety protocols with real, up-to-date data about your workers.
- Gain additional insights about the performance of workers in extreme environments.
CORE body temperature monitor datasheet available here.
How to perform heat stress prevention with CORE body temperature sensor?
Using CORE Body Temperature Monitor during working hours, each individual on site can view their live data and record it to help define their own individual safe limits.
CORE will alert the worker on its phone when to its core body temperature exceeds the critical heat exposure limit – Heat stress danger zone.
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 Xiang J, Hansen A, Pisaniello D, Bi P (2015). Extreme heat and occupational heat illnesses in South Australia, 2001-2010. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 72(8): 580-86