Real-Time Heat Monitoring System for Workers
With the summer season approaching, Kenzen has introduced a real-time worker heat monitoring system. The platform includes a wearable device worn by workers on their arm, which alerts both the worker and his or her supervisor when core body temperature is too high.
These real-time alerts are designed to allow for immediate intervention and worker safety from heat injuries, according to the company.
The wearable, via its advanced sensor complement, monitors multiple physiological and environmental metrics, including heart rate, activity, skin, and ambient temperatures.
Kenzen’s multi-level alerts are sent to workers via device vibration, iOS or Android app notification, and to supervisors via a web dashboard alert, which signals that the worker should take a break and allow his or her temperature to return to safe levels.
Alerts are accompanied by actionable recommendations such as advising the worker to take a break, find shade, drink water, or remove any excess clothing and equipment to decrease body heat. A second “back to work” alert then indicates when the worker’s core body temperature has returned to a safe level.
Data captured by the system can be used to help companies identify heat risk and proactively manage outcomes by adapting worksites accordingly to improve worker safety while maximizing productivity.
Modifications may include changes to work-rest schedules, where and when to add water and shade stations, the addition of air-conditioned rest areas, and even recommendations for pre-staging ice-bath locations in case of extreme weather and working conditions. The data can also inform decisions around workplace expenditures such as certain equipment and clothing.
“The Kenzen system is all about prediction and prevention,” said Heidi Lehmann, chief commercialization officer for Kenzen. “Heat related injuries are 100% preventable but potentially deadly, and difficult to detect until it’s too late.”
According to the company, the Kenzen system has been piloted on worksites of large industrial conglomerates across the globe in domains such as construction, field services, power, oil and gas, and renewable energy.