Optimizing productivity and preventing heat-related illness and injury

Our team based out of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington is partnering with AgWeatherNet to develop a new heat awareness system. This alert system will be designed to help agricultural workplaces prepare for heat waves such as we have experienced recently and will take into account temperature, humidity, and other environmental measurements to determine when conditions are not favorable for working. Advanced notice of extremely hot days will help with the prioritization of work activities so crop loss is avoided and workers stay healthy and productive.

Incorporating feedback from orchard owners, managers, and others who work in the agricultural industry is important in ensuring a heat awareness system can serve the needs of the agricultural community to maximize worker productivity and minimize injury risk, which is ultimately the most profitable combination.

We would like to invite you to participate in a 30 minute interview, so we can learn more about your specific needs for developing the heat awareness system. After a prototype heat awareness system is created incorporating the feedback we receive, we will ask you to access the prototype system on the AgWeatherNet web portal and complete a 15 minute evaluation of the system, either over the phone or in-person.

If you are interested in participating, we will go through a consent process with you first. Participation is confidential, so the names of participating companies or individuals will not be published, presented, or otherwise disclosed.

If you would like to participate or have questions, please contact Jen Krenz via e-mail at jkrenz@uw.edu or by phone at (206) 616-4213.

Washington State University