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Heat illness prevention: New resources from OSHA

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Washington — A new OSHA fact sheet and sticker are intended to raise awareness of heat illness prevention strategies in the workplace.

The illustrated fact sheet encourages employers to provide training on heat-related illnesses to all employees and put in place an emergency plan. It includes tips for both indoor and outdoor workers. It also features six actions to take when a worker experiences symptoms of a heat-related illness, along with what to do if a worker exhibits signs of a medical emergency, such as slurred speech, seizures, abnormal thinking/behavior or loss of consciousness.

The “Don’t Wait … HYDRATE” sticker – available in English and Spanish – can be given to workers, placed around a workplace or jobsite, and displayed in break areas. The sticker features the URL for OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention website, where employers and workers can find additional tips, resources and publications.

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