The BNL Area Heat-Stress Notification System issues heat stress alert information.
These messages can be accessed via the real-time web site
BNL Heat Stress Conditions; by e-mail
messages; and by text messages to pagers and cellular phones. It is highly recommended that each
organization doing work outdoors in the summer designate individuals to be responsible for
informing workers to modify work activities when an alert has
The Safety and Health Services Division's
web site contains information on heat stress symptoms and management.
The SBMS Subject Area "Natural Hazards in the Environment"
contains worker protection methods and a description
of the notification system. A web course on
Heat Stress Prevention is also available to all employees.
It explains symptoms of heat stress and the meanings of the text messages.
The notification works as follows:
- Data collection and analysis: The signal from a Heat Stress Monitor
(stationed on-site at Building 120) is relayed to a computer. The
computer analyzes and averages the data to eliminate momentary
fluctuations caused by sporadic cloud cover and wind gusts.
- Automatic Notifications: When conditions warrant, the computer
sends out messages containing the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature and the
corresponding Work/Rest Regimen data via three simultaneous mechanisms:
- Internet web page updates
BNL Heat Stress Conditions
- E-mail notifications to desk top computers, wireless
laptops, and Blackberry units
- Digital TEXT messages to ITD registered text pager and
cellular phones (such as Nextel & Verizon Cell phones or
Verizon® Text Pagers)
To join the notification list
- Register a pager or phone with ITD by calling x5522.
- To join the notification list, contact
Nicole Bernholc at x2027 with the BNL Outlook email account name.