Cool Under Pressure

Wearable PPE that can monitor your temp while working

Kenzen, a progressive safety company founded in 2016, has launched a data and analytics dashboard, the latest component of its smart PPE connected worker solution. The dashboard captures workers’ core body temperature (the greatest predictor of heat stress and illness), productivity, and microclimates caused by clothing under hot and humid working conditions. The company detailed its new technology in a press release March 23.

The company’s coverage is safety-and innovation-based, including adjacent areas of growth: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart PPE.

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) managers and company leaders can now have a data-driven overview of work sites, both real time and retrospectively, to evaluate heat risk information by location and job role. The analysis consists of tens of thousands of data points collected per worker per day from Kenzen wearables, which track physiological factors including core temperature and heart rate. “The system uniquely enables companies to identify and address challenges and opportunities related to work in hot and humid conditions,” says the company. “The information allows them to manage risk and improve processes to keep workers safer and more productive.” 

Last year, Kenzen unveiled the monitoring device and its complimentary mobile app that alerts workers when they are at risk of heat stress and illness and when to stop work, rest, and return to work safely. The hardware and app work together to feed data to the real-time dashboard for supervisors to monitor their teams proactively and intervene when necessary. 

The new analytics dashboard targets senior managers, “who on average are responsible for 10 teams of 10 people each day,” according to Kenzen, “to dig deeper into the data and have a holistic view across worksites and teams.”

The dashboard provides insight into how various environments affect workers and uses the information to guide management in the implementation of changes to keep workers safer while optimizing productivity. Actionable feedback enables tailoring of work/rest schedules and identification of PPE clothing with the least impact on worker performance. 

While Kenzen’s HQ is in Times Square, New York City, its operations function out of Kansas City, and its R&D out of Silicon Valley.

Worried about privacy when it comes to your personal information? Kenzen says only workers can view the details of their personal health information and safety managers and other EHS leaders only see what’s necessary to keep the worker safe. 

“The latest tool in the Kenzen connected worker solution comes just in time for a summer that’s expected to be one of the most extreme on record,” said Heidi Lehmann, Kenzen co-founder and chief commercial officer. Lehmann adds that, for every 10-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature, there is a 393 percent increase in hospitalizations for heat exposure. “Now companies have the power to predict and prevent heat-related injuries and deaths and manage productivity at the same time.” 

About Kenzen 

Founded in 2016, Kenzen is the premier physiological monitoring platform to keep workforces safe from heat, fatigue, and over exertion on the job while providing data driven insights to maintain productivity. For more information about heat stress and how to integrate the system into a safety plan, visit Kenzen.com. 

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