OSHA spends taxpayer money to develop app that tells workers it’s hot outside

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released a smartphone and mobile app to warn workers if it is too hot outside.

According to OSHA’s website, the “Heat Safety Tool” — available for Android, Blackberry and iPhone – “allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their work site and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.” The app also outlines protective measures that workers can take to mitigate the risks of overexposure to heat.

A recent Freedom of Information Act request by the free-market oriented Americans for Limited Government revealed that the Labor Department contracts for the development of the “Heat Safety Tool” and related Web 2.0 technologies cost the taxpayer $643,997.60. The contracts were awarded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as the stimulus package.



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