OSHA advisory to Protect Workers From Heat Stress
OSHA has published an article "Protecting Workers from Heat Stress" which we felt might be useful for those of our insureds on Long Island, New York and New Jersey who have outside employees.
They advise that every year, thousands of workers become sick from the heat, and some have even died as a result. Osha has started a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of both employers and employees of the dangers of working outside in hot weather.
To protect yourself, drink plenty of water, rest in the shade, report heat symptoms early, and know what to do in an emergency:
What to do when a worker is ill from the heat?
• Call a supervisor for help. If the supervisor is not available, call 911.
• Have someone stay with the worker until help arrives.
• Move the worker to a cooler/shaded area.
• Remove outer clothing.
• Fan and mist the worker with water; apply ice (ice bags or ice towels).
• Provide cool drinking water, if able to drink.
For more information, read the complete article.