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OSHA: Bosses responsible for protecting workers in the heat

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With dangerously high temperatures in the forecast for much of the nation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers to protect their employees from the dangers of working in hot weather.

OSHA’s message is simple: water, rest, and shade: Employers should do the following:

--Encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes; and take frequent rest breaks in the shade to cool down.

--Develop an emergency plan that explains what to do when a worker shows signs of heat-related illness.

--Train workers on the hazards of heat exposure, and how to prevent illness.

--Allow workers to build a tolerance for working in heat.

OSHA’s Occupational Heat Exposure page at www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/index.html explains the symptoms of heat illness, first aid measures to provide while waiting for help, engineering controls and work practices to reduce workers’ exposure to heat, and training.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

 

 

Posted 7/17/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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