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)