Heat stress is defined as a group of conditions that result from overexposure to and/or overexertion in excessive ambient temperatures. Although heat stress can affect any worker, the most at risk are those who work outdoors in extremely hot environments – especially if the job requires them to wear heavy equipment or special protective gear.
While “classic” heat stroke develops over several days as prolonged heat exposure takes its toll on the body, “exertional” heat stroke develops within hours, and can occur in anyone who engages in intense physical effort in hot environments. The underlying cause for this condition is the sudden onset of a cooling demand that exceeds your body’s internal regulatory capacities.
Blueforce and Kestrel have teamed to deliver the Shared Weather Intelligence System which measures a multitude of important weather telemetry that includes wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) using a dry bulb (DB), globe temperature (GT), and relative humidity (RH) sensor, and then transmits readings in real-time using a free plugin within the Blueforce Tactical (BTAC) product line. The system automatically transmits readings via BTAC to any and all subscribed Blueforce users providing an additional layer of life safety to those who protect our cities and nation.