Extreme heat events are becoming more frequent in all geographical areas.
Fires of all types are increasing in intensity and duration in many geographical areas.
All Workers that perform any type of safety sensitive duties are at now at some risk during the summer months of working in an extreme heat environment.
Stresses to the body can be further aggravated by the wearing of protective clothing without adequate ventilation, limited access to cool water and cooling breaks, air pollution found in some work areas and near forest fires, carrying protective equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), performing medium or heavy physical tasks as a normal job duty or as required by extenuating circumstances, lack of access to shaded areas or air conditioning, and many other factors.Extreme heat exposure reduces the human body’s ability to perform thermoregulation which can alter the functions of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, renal system, cerebrovascular system, and other systems. Extreme heat exposure causes cognitive function impairment including decreased working memory, decreased attention, and decreases in executive cognitive function decision making abilities. Dehydration, which is commonly related to extreme heat exposure, can significantly alter a Worker’s ability to perform simple motor tasks.
Quick Test™ can assist the Employer with an “in the moment” assessment of a heat exposed Worker’s cognitive function status for all of the combined factors that can cause cognitive function impairment. A suboptimal cognitive function result in Quick Test™ following Worker extreme heat exposure, can support the Employer decision to remove the Worker from the safety sensitive work area and support the Worker with a health assessment, rest, a cool environment, hydration, and other support measures.