Take Precautions to Ensure Worker Safety in Hot Summer Weather

As temperatures keep rising, it’s a good time for employers to review and address potentially dangerous work conditions associated with hot weather.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a simple reminder for employees working in hot outdoor conditions:  Water.  Rest.  Shade.
 
Employees working outside or in areas without air-conditioning should take frequent breaks in a cool or shady area and drink water every 15 minutes.  Noting that heat-related workplace fatalities often occur during a worker’s first week on the job, OSHA also suggests that employers allow new employees to build up tolerance to working in heat.
 
For more information on heat illness symptoms and prevention, review the website for OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. The site also links to the OSHA-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s Heat Safety Tool, an app available for iPhones and Androids.