WATER, REST, SHADE: Working in the Heat

Advice

U.S. Department of Labor | July 6, 2016

OSHA reminds employers to protect outdoor workers as temperatures soar

OSHA’s free heat safety app calculates worksite heat index, displays risk level

PHILADELPHIA – With temperatures in the 90s and a heat index expected to make it feel like 100 degrees this week in the greater Richmond area, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to protect their workers from heat-related illnesses and injuries.

In 2015, OSHA received more than 200 reports of heat-related worker hospitalizations, and at least eight deaths associated with heat exposure. The agency is currently investigating several worker fatalities reported in 2016.

OSHA’s free Heat Safety Tool App can calculate the heat index for a worksite, and display the risk level to outdoor workers. With a simple click, users can get reminders about protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness. The free app is available in English and Spanish for iPhone and Android devices.

If a job requires working long hours outdoors during the summer, the employer should take necessary and simple steps to keep workers safe, including:

– Scheduling frequent water breaks.

– Providing shaded areas.

– Allowing enough time to rest.

Remember this simple message to prevent heat illness: Water. Rest. Shade.

For more information about OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers, visit www.osha.gov/heat
Additional resources:

B Roll, including demos in English and Spanish on using the heat app: https://www.dol.gov/osha/media/video/heat-app/index.htm

Heat Campaign Graphics: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/mediaresources.html

Heat Campaign Vine: https://vine.co/v/MD1nh70wWqb

Social Media Toolkit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/socialmedia_toolkit.pdf

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Blog: https://blog.dol.gov/2016/05/26/8-steps-to-keep-workers-safe-in-the-heat/