Workplace Health and Safety Monitoring
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Workplace Health and Safety Monitoring with core body temperature


This short review describes how core body temperature supported by heat flux sensing technologies can be employed to perform an effective workplace health and safety monitoring for a broad range of industrial applications. Core body temperature monitoring can be employed to perform personalized workforce protection but also to protect each member of your team from heat exhaustion. Contact us for more information.


About the importance of Workplace Health and Safety monitoring


Workplace Health and Safety is important notably for the prevention of heat related disorders. The latter 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. [1]

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Firefighters facing extreme temperatures

Thus, heat-related disorders experienced a growing interest over the last few years for many industries in countries such as Australia or United States.

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. [2]

Until now, safety measures relied on indirect methods to identify the relative risk, such as monitoring the environmental conditions (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature, WBGT), 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 with an affordable, non-invasive, and robust sensing device.

Most importantly, CORE body temperature sensor can collect your data for consecutive hours with great accuracy.

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Construction workers submitted to high temperature while wearing mandatory PPEs

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CORE body temperature sensor measurement for Workplace Health and Safety monitoring


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.


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Features and Benefits of CORE body temperature sensor


The full CORE body temperature monitor datasheet is available here.

  • Continuous and non-invasive core body temperature monitoring.
  • 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 and sanitization with alcohol solutions.
  • Real-time data streaming with wireless connectivity with Garmin and iOS/Android devices (phone and/or watch).
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Easy mounting procedure through the choice of a chest/arm strap or a medical-grade adhesive patch.

Gateways for Wearables
CORE Live Cockpit for core body temperature monitoring of a full team individually and simultaneously
  • 3rd party gateway (cockpit) infrastructures for collective CORE device monitoring. Full list available here.
  • 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-fields and in extreme environments.


How to perform Workplace Health and Safety monitoring 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.

Get early warning signs of an elevated core body temperature for personalized workforce protection.

Set an individual critical temperature alert on your worker’s phone to prevent any risk of heat illness.

CORE will alert the worker on its phone when its core body temperature exceeds the critical heat exposure limitheat stress danger zone.

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Individual live alert when core body temperature exceeds the critical exposure limit zone.

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Do you need help with your heat stress management project?

We can help you finding the custom solution to suit your application.


On-going project


greenTEG’s sensing technology supports currently the FORTE cooperative R&D project in collaboration with the Austrian Defense Research Program, the project coordinator – JOANNEUM RESEARCH and additional project partners.


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Multi-sensor body-worn vital monitoring system for military education, training and deployment scenarios. Courtesy of JOANNEUM RESEARCH.

The project aims to develop a solution for monitoring situation-dependent psycho-physical stress in soldiers using various wireless bio-sensors that are worn on the body or integrated into clothing/equipment. The data from the body-worn sensor system, which is designed to be suitable for real-time use, is to be used for objective use in military education, training and deployment scenarios by means of intelligent sensor fusion and data analysis. The project description is available here.



References


[1] 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

[2] https://techlinkcenter.org/news/us-army-offers-core-body-temp-algorithm-to-companies-biden-administration-developing-occupational-regulations-for-extreme-heat