Kenzen Launches Smart PPE Patch for Worker Safety
Kenzen has launched a real-time worker heat-monitoring system. The cloud-based software as a service system includes a wearable device worn by workers on their arm, which alerts both the worker and their supervisor when core body temperature is too high. Real-time alerts allow for immediate intervention from heat injuries. The wearable monitors multiple physiological and environmental metrics, including heart rate, activity, skin and ambient temperatures. Together, this sensor data allows for the real-time prediction of core body temperature, providing alerts when temperatures approach unsafe levels.
Data captured by the system can be used to help companies identify heat risk and 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 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 equipment and clothing.