Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis recently announced a nationwide outreach proposal by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to educate workers and their employers about heat-related illnesses caused by working outdoors.
Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Greensboro and elsewhere know that working outside can lead to life-threatening Carolina heat-related illnesses. If you have an outdoor job, contact an experienced lawyer if you suffer from heat stroke, heat exhaustion or any other heat-related illness.
“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. This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country with a very simple message – water, rest and shade.”
Every year, thousands of outdoor workers develop a heat-related illness, which often starts as heat exhaustion. If corrective measures are not taken quickly, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which killed more than 30 workers last year. Heat stroke occurs when the body can not regulate its own temperature. Your body’s natural cooling mechanism is sweating, with heat stroke your body will stop sweating causing your temperature to rise as high as 104 degrees or more.
“As we move into the summer months, it is very important for workers and employers to take the steps necessary to stay safe in extreme heat,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. “Drinking water often, taking breaks and limiting time in the heat are simple, effective ways to prevent heat illness.”
Workers in the following jobs can be susceptible to heat related illnesses: landscaping, construction, road repair, cooks and kitchen workers, airport baggage handling, law enforcement, recreation maintenance personnel and staff in warehouses without air conditioning. Heat-related illness educational materials for workers in both English and Spanish have been developed by OSHA; along with a curriculum to be used by employers for workplace training. Federal OSHA got assistance from California OSHA because of their state’s successful outreach campaign on heat illness. OSHA has recently partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. NOAA) on weather service alerts. This partnership will add worker safety precautionary tips when U.S. NOAA issues heat alerts.
Additional information can be found on U.S. NOAA Heat Watch Web page and OSHA’s heat illness website.
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