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Alliance Focuses on Establishing Heat-Safety Standards and Protocols

The National Heat Safety Coalition (NHSC) develops and implements comprehensive heat safety solutions for organizations and their employees. The NHSC provides heat-safety research, education and awareness; advises on heat-safety solutions in a variety of laborer settings; and advocates for heat-safety consensus standards and recommendations.

NHSC is a collaborative effort between personal protective equipment manufacturer Magid, cooling gear developer MISSION and The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) at the University of Connecticut, a leading heat safety advocate and research institute.

Magid, MISSION and KSI serve as authorities on and advocates for heat stress prevention, establishing heat safety solutions and standards for the industrial sectors.

By forming the NHSC, the organizations also aim to address the risk factors that may increase susceptibility of heat-related illnesses on the job and identify current barriers in the industrial sector to help inform best-practice recommendations for prevention of exertional heat illnesses.

"Heat stress is a constant concern for laborers who are called on to work in hot conditions," said Dr. Douglas Casa, a national expert on heat safety and CEO of the Korey Stringer Institute. "The formation of this coalition will help develop better methods for heat safety such as body cooling, work to rest ratios and hydration, which is an important part of our commitment to protecting workers."

"Since we launched in 2008, MISSION has worked side by side with scientists and medical doctors to deliver revolutionary cooling and heat relief solutions that enhance performance, safety and comfort," said MISSION co-founder and President Chris Valletta. "We have been able to prove that implementing proper cooling strategies not only increases worker and consumer safety, but it also significantly improves performance, output and efficiency. MISSION is excited to partner with The Korey Stringer Institute and Magid to combat the dangerous effects that heat-related illnesses have on everyone who works or plays in the heat."

"Heat stress is a serious, potentially life-threatening issue that is completely treatable and preventable," said Matt Block, Director of Health and Safety Services at Magid. "There is not currently a specific standard that covers prevention of heat stress and heat-related hazards. One of the reasons we have partnered with MISSION and KSI is to establish a set of protocols that will help to keep workers safe and productive in the heat."

Magid offers a product line powered by MISSION that includes cooling neck gaiters/face covers, cooling towels, cooling skull caps and cooling bandanas-all designed to combat heat illness in the workplace.

For more information contact:



1300 Naperville Drive

Romeoville, IL 60446



Korey Stringer Institute

Institute of Connecticut

2095 Hillside Road U-1110

Storrs, CT 06269


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