Preventing Heat-Related Injury at Work
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is continuing it’s efforts to educate about the dangers of hot weather by kicking off an initiative to educate workers and their employers about working in the sun and heat.
What is Heat Illness?
“If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat,” Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
Heat illness can occur when the body’s temperature rises to dangerous levels due to hot and humid conditions. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to OSHA, heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention.
Workers At-Risk for Heat-Related Injuries
- Agriculture workers
- Building, road and other construction workers
- Utility workers
- Baggage handlers
Tips for Heat Illness Prevention On the Job
- Drink water often, take breaks, and limit time in the heat.
- Gradually build up to heavy work in hot conditions to help build tolerance to the heat.
- Gradually increase workload and allow more frequent breaks during the first week of work until you acclimated.
- Know the symptoms of heat illness and know what to do in case of an emergency.
OSHA Heat-Related Injury Prevention Campaign
OSHA’s campaign utilizes various tools to inform the public about the dangers of heat-related illness and injury on the job. Tools include:
- Free mobile applications that enable workers and supervisors to monitor the heat index.
- Pamphlets that detail educational heat-related illness material in English and Spanish.
- Web sites that provide information and resources on heat illness that include how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Accident Attorney
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