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The record-breaking temps of 2021 increased worker deaths (including construction crews) and in 2022, the problem is getting attention: President Biden has announced emergency Federal Heat Rules and tasked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to set new standards


As a result tech entrepreneurs are innovating ways to track and prevent the dangers of heat on the body. One such example is Kenzen – Kenzen has equipped workers in a variety of sectors including construction with sensors that continuously monitor their physiology to assess core body temperature, sweat rate, and exertion.

The Kenzen device warns workers, via haptic vibration, when their physiology indicates danger of heat stress. Managers get an alert via an app when a worker needs an intervention to stay safe. A second alert indicates when the worker’s body is ready to resume work. Corporate safety leaders use an analytics dashboard to make enterprise-wide decisions to minimize heat risks, reduce injuries, and improve productivity. They may adjust work schedules or assign certain tasks to individuals.