Employers Reminded of Summer Heat Dangers
It happens every year: dozens of workers suffer heat stroke or even die as a result of the hot summer weather.
Over 15 million people work outside each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, and they are the most likely to be affected by the hot weather.
But many people who work indoors, including in foundries and factories that can experience extreme temperatures, are also susceptible to these dangers, according to OSHA.
The agency is reminding employers of their responsibility to provide employees with a work environment that’s free of safety hazards.
In the case of extreme heat and humidity, it may mean an employer taking steps to keep workers hydrated, rested, and in the shade.
Employers who have a heat-illness prevention program should also help employees develop a tolerance for working in the heat, monitor workers for signs of illness or heat stroke, and be prepared for emergencies.
OSHA offers tips on how to keep workers cool in the hot weather.
In addition, OSHA has developed a heat tool mobile app that provides the heat index based on your location and recommends what precautions to take at that risk level.
For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1982)
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