Heat Illness Prevention Tips During Summer Months

Monday, August 14, 2017

During the hottest summer months, companies that have employees working outdoors or in hot environments should keep in mind that heat-related sickness can cause serious injury or even death. To combat heat-related issues, they should remember the mantra: "water, rest, and shade." The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 18 people die every year from heat stroke and related causes while on the job. Employers have a responsibility to protect workers from excessive heat, and they should develop a heat illness prevention program. They should assess their facility and operations; provide shade or temporary rest periods, access to water coolers and water fountains, and fans to circulate the air and cool down the building; and offer annual training so workers know how to identify heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what steps to take to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses. OSHA offers online resources as part of its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, as well as the OSHA-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Heat Safety Tool, an app available for iPhones and Androids.

TimberLine Magazine (07/10/17)

TimberLine Magazine 8/14/2017

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