If you work outside, chances are that you are feeling the heat in the dog days of the summer. The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a campaign last spring to educate workers and employers about the dangers of heat related illness, and this video offers some helpful safety tips as well.
Workers in the southern United States and other hot and humid climates are the most at risk for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can range from cramps and rashes to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat strokes can be fatal, and they require immediate medical attention.
OSHA advises all workers to get plenty of water, rest and shade. These are three biggest things you can do to prevent a serious injury. OSHA offices in California reported that out of 25 heat related illness injuries reported in 2005, 80% of the workers had been on the job for four days or fewer. So always err on the side of caution and allow your body to get acclimated to the heat.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys.