US Labor Department OSHA Heat Campaign Aims to Prevent Heat Illness for Outdoor Workers in Texas 7/29/13
U.S. Department of Labor
Temperatures in the many Texas cities are expected to be very hot this week.
Extreme heat can have extreme consequences (heat stress, dehydration, heat stroke, death) for those who work outdoors, like construction and agricultural workers.
OSHA launched a public awareness campaign to inform both workers and employers of heat hazards and safeguards. The website www.osha.gov/heat has fact sheets, posters and other easy-to-understand information for workers and employers to help them identify and prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries. Media resources include audio and video in English and Spanish. All of the material on the website may be utilized in your heat coverage.
OSHA also created a Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App www.osha.gov/heatapp that allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers.