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Recommendations for Working in Heat

Summer has begun and it brings hot weather – and potentially dangerous work conditions.

ISRI reminds employees to take precautions to stay safe before a heatwave begins.

OSHA provides the following safety message: Water. Rest. Shade

On hot days, the Agency recommends frequent breaks in a cool or shady environment, and drinking water every 15 minutes. OSHA also urges employers to allow new workers to acclimate and build up resistance to the increased temperatures. A recent study of heat-related workplace fatalities found that most occurred during the worker’s first week on the job.

As part of its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, OSHA offers a website to raise awareness of heat illness symptoms and prevention with educational and training resources in several languages. 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.

For more information, please contact Terry Cirone.

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