Summer is here and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has kicked off its 2013 outreach campaign to protect workers from heat stress. The goal of this initiative is to provide resources and information for employers and workers that will help prevent heat-related injuries and illness.
One popular resource is OSHA’s Heat Safety Tool mobile app. More than 72,000 people have downloaded this free app, which calculates the heat index for specific locations and provides safety reminders that help work teams stay safe in hot weather.
“Anyone who works outside in hot weather is at risk. That includes construction workers, roofers, landscapers, farm workers, road crew workers, baggage handlers, and others,” explained Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “Please remember: everyone working in hot weather needs water, rest, and shade.”
Protect workers when temperatures rise by training them to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, scheduling heavier tasks for cooler times of day, and providing heat stress relief products like drinks, electrolyte tablets, hydration packs, and cooling vests.