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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on April 26 announced a national outreach initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses.
“If you’re working outdoors, you’re at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death,” said Secretary Solis.
“But heat illness can be prevented,” she said. “This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country with a very simple message — water, rest and shade.”
OSHA recommends taking the following steps to reduce the risk of developing heat-related illnesses:
- Drink water often.
- Rest in the shade.
- Report heat symptoms early.
- Know what to do in case of an emergency.
OSHA has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training.
Additionally, a new 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.
An NAHB safety tip in the June 2010 EH&S Monthly educates members on the dangers of working in the sun.
For more information, email Marcus Odorizzi at NAHB, or call him at 800-368-5242 x8590.
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