Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Water, Rest And Shade

According to OSHA, these three words are the key to outdoor workers’ avoiding illness and death from overexposure to heat during the summer months. As temperatures across the country increase during the summer months, OSHA’s outreach initiatives to protect workers from heat related illnesses is ramping up.

“For outdoor workers, water, rest and shade are three words that can make the difference between life and death,” according to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. “If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat.” In the last decade, heat stroke has killed an average of over 30 outdoor workers annually. Heat cramps and heat rash can turn quickly into heat exhaustion and heat stroke if symptoms go unrecognized and simple precautionary steps are not followed.

According to Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, “Agriculture workers, building, road and other construction workers, utility workers, baggage handlers, roofers, landscapers, and others who work outside are all at risk. Drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks in cool, shaded areas are incredibly important in the hot summer months.”
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