As part of our efforts to keep you informed of the agency’s activities, we wanted to let you know that OSHA has launched a national campaign to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and the steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat illness, which often manifests as heat exhaustion. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers last year.
To support the campaign, OSHA posted a new Heat Illness Web Page
that includes educational materials in English and Spanish, including low-literacy fact sheets for workers, worksite and community posters, and a public service announcement from Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The Web page also includes a video from Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels (in English with a Spanish transcript). OSHA will be posting additional materials on the Heat Illness Web page, including a lesson plan that employers can use to train their workers to stay safe in the heat and a heat index Smartphone app.
OSHA is also partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on weather service alerts that will incorporate worker safety precautions when heat alerts are issued across the country. NOAA will include pertinent worker safety information on its Heat Watch Web page
Please see the following for more information:OSHA News Release: “US Labor Department launches national outreach campaign to protect workers from heat-related illnesses” (Apr. 26, 2011): English and Spanish.