The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the launch of its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA’s campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards.
Thousands of employees become sick each year and many die from working in the heat. Workers at particular risk are those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation. Heat illness disproportionately affects those who have not built up a tolerance to heat (acclimatization), and it is especially dangerous for new and temporary workers.
Educational Materials and Resources
In preparation for the summer season, OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training, also available in both English and Spanish. Additionally, a web page provides information and resources on heat illness — including how to prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency — for workers and employers.
For more information on the OSHA campaign, please click here.