Summer Safety Campaign Heats Up

Filed in Education, Labor, Safety and Health by on June 9, 2016 0 Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has kicked off its summer campaign to help educate workers about the dangers of working in the heat. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. For obvious reasons, outdoor workers are especially vulnerable.

"A construction supervisor at a residential construction site in Southwest Florida, surrounded by cinder blocks and other construction materials for building a foundation to a new home.."

Kelly Schnapp, who directs OSHA’s Office of Science and Technology Assessment, says that a majority of recent heat-related deaths investigated by OSHA involved workers who had been on the job for three days or less – highlighting the need for employers to ensure that new workers become acclimated to the heat when starting or returning to work.

For example, and most importantly, employers should provide workers with drinking water, ample breaks and a shaded area while working outdoors.

OSHA has several heat safety fact and tip sheets and resource webpage that includes illustrations of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, training tools and links to an updated heat safety phone app for both Android and iPhone users.

#WaterRestShade is the official hashtag of the campaign on social media. OSHA encourages employers to use the hashtag to further promote heat safety tips and strategies.

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