Info sheet provides guidance on heat-related illnesses

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Washington – Following the launch of a campaign targeting heat illnesses, OSHA and NIOSH on May 11 published an information sheet (.pdf file) for employers.

Workers in hot environments are at risk for several health conditions, the most serious of which are heat stroke and heat exhaustion, the info sheet states.

Factors that increase a worker’s risk for heat illnesses include high temperature and humidity, direct sun exposure, physical exertion, and low fluid consumption.

OSHA and NIOSH recommend employers:

  • Train workers to recognize symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
  • Gradually increase the workload for new employees.
  • Provide workers with cool water.

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