OSHA campaign for heat illness awareness
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.
Government Resources to Help With Difficult Financial Times
Our mission at the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Our friends at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the official web portals of the U.S. government, have put together helpful information on how to get help for difficult financial times.

If times are tough for you and your family, your neighbors, or your friends, we encourage you to sign up for the e-mail updates below:

USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov will highlight government resources that will help you with unemployment, jobs, training, housing, debt and credit, family issues, health care and insurance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Informational videos
Occupational Safety and Health Education & Training Video
This video provides information on free services and programs provided by the Division of Education and Training addressing the prevention, correction, and control of workplace hazards.

Occupational Safety and Health Rights & Responsibilities Video
This video provides information addressing employer and employee occupational safety, health, and discrimination rights and responsibilities.
Secretary Larry Roberts

I am the youngest of 6 children growing up on a dairy and tobacco farm in Owen County. I graduated from high school in 1969 and attended Eastern Kentucky University studying Business Management. I also attended Northern Kentucky University.

I began my state government career in 1973 with the Kentucky Department of Labor as a Labor Standards Investigator and I served as an Investigator until 1977 when I transferred to the Office of Labor-Management Relations as a Mediator. In 1988 I was promoted to Chief Mediator where I served until 2000 when I became Director of the Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Training.

In 2002, I retired from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and became the State Director of the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. I was responsible for development and implementation of statewide political and communication strategy for the Council to promote and protect the interest of 25,000 construction workers represented by the Council. I was the Council’s legislative and executive branch lobbyist. I monitored Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage enforcement and administration issues on a national and statewide basis.

I live in Frankfort with my wife of 31 years, Brenda Roberts. We have two children, Laura and Reed and one grandson, Hudson Jase Fallis.

Kentucky Labor Cabinet
1047 U.S. Highway 127 South, Suite 4
Frankfort KY  40601
Phone: (502) 564-3070
Fax: (502) 564-5387