OSHA has been on a campaign to educate workplaces about the dangers of heat stress and working in the heat. (Both Outdoor and Indoor)
According to OSHA, “every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There is a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.”
OSHA has created and enforced rules regarding heat in the workplace. Some of the OSHA heat laws say that employers must…
It’s All About Water, Rest, and Shade.
– Workers must be provided with water, rest and shade.
– Allow new or returning workers to build a tolerance for working in the heat and to take more breaks.
– Plan for heat-related emergencies and train workers on the prevention of heat problems.
– Monitor workers for signs of heat-related illness.
Heat Stress Can Be Managed
It is known that in a warm environment, especially when workers are physically active, the body relies on its ability to process excess heat to maintain a normal internal temperature. Normal heat dissipation happens through sweating and by increasing blood flow to the skin. Workers can cool down faster if environmental heat and physical activity are reduced. This can be accomplished by seeking shade, drinking water and taking frequent short breaks. This is the OSHA prescription for avoiding heat stress and heatstroke.
In summary, OSHA implies that employers must monitor heat and employee conditions in both indoor and outdoor jobs and take steps to ensure that workers are safe.
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