|A new app was made to prevent farm workers from having heat illnesses and it is now available on Apple App Store / Photo by: Mina631 via Wikimedia Commons|
One of the main problems that the world faces is the constant increase of heat due to a plethora of issues, whether it is due to climate change, or just the weather in general in different places. From the year 1992 all the way to 2016, there have been more than 783 reported deaths due to heat and more than 69,000 injured according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. This is especially problematic for the people who work in the agriculture sector, as they spend the majority of their time out in the sun, exposing themselves to harmful UV light, and getting nasty side-effects if left long enough. Thankfully, there might now be a solution to this issue, that comes in the form of an app.
According to an article posted in the prnewswire.com, the application called Calor, was created by Faith Florez, a USC freshman that descended from a line of farm workers, has the capability of alerting workers about their health if it gets too dangerous to work outside. This app works with the Apple Watch in order to inform the user of the surrounding weather conditions and to tell them when it’s necessary to hydrate and to take legally mandated breaks. This notification would come out depending on how long the user spends in the heat, and how long they have stayed under specific weather conditions. This app gives workers consistent notifications alongside educational videos on what the proper attire, food, and drink are needed when working during high levels of heat on site. This app also has a secondary function as an emergency hotline to 911 if the worker experiences heat-related medical issues and is located in remote areas without any surrounding phones.
Florez created this app as the first main project of the Latina Legacy Foundation, an organization that was founded by her, which was established to empower women to address social justice issues around Latino communities. According to her, it is created because she saw the substandard conditions that a lot of workers experience when out under the sun and she wanted to help them.
She stated, “Being able to create Calor is meaningful for me and my family. I have always heard about the dangers in the fields from my elders, and my great-grandma paid the ultimate sacrifice for her work.”