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Join the Heat Stress Notification System

The BNL Area Heat-Stress Notification System issues heat stress alert information. These messages can be accessed via a 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 out in the field so that they modify their work activities when an alert has been issued.

The Safety and Health Services Division web site on Heat Stress 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 available to all employees. It explains symptoms of heat stress and the meanings of the text messages.

The notification works as follows

  1. 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.
  2. Automatic Notifications: When conditions warrant, the computer sends out messages containing the WBGT temperature & 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: To join the notification list, contact R. Selvey at x3066 with the BNL Outlook email account name.
    • Digital TEXT messages to ITD registered text pager and cellular phones (such as Nextel & Verizon Cell phones or VerizonĀ® Text Pagers):

To join the notification list

  • Register the pager or phone with ITD by calling x5522,
  • Contact R. Selvey at x3066. Provide him with the email address or ITD set up Outlook email account for the pager or cell phone.