Seasonal safety: Summer Federal agencies Heat stress Construction

As weather heats up, OSHA campaign aims to keep outdoor workers safe

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Washington – OSHA has launched its annual summer campaign to remind employers and employees about the dangers of working outdoors in hot weather.

Extreme heat exposure is the leading cause of weather-related death, prompting more than 65,000 emergency room visits annually, according to OSHA. In 2014, 18 workers died from heat stroke or other heat-related causes.

Water. Rest. Shade. urges employers to help employees acclimatize to the heat, offering tips to help prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities. They include:

  • Drink water every 15 minutes.
  • Take rest breaks in the shade to cool down.
  • Wear a hat and light-colored clothing.
  • Monitor fellow workers for any signs of problems.

NIOSH and OSHA recently teamed up to update a heat safety mobile app that uses temperature and humidity to measure heat index values while offering projected heat indices throughout the workday.

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