Water, Rest, Shade

OSHA is gearing up for what might be shaping up to be a very hot summer by trying to raise awareness of heat stress and heat related illnesses and fatalities.

The OSHA website sports a new page with a lot of information, videos, training materials and more.

Understanding heat stress and heat related injuries and fatalities is essential as is understanding acclimatization (almost half of heat-related injuries and fatalities happen on the first day of work, simply because the worker’s body isn’t acclimatized to the heat yet). Make sure you and your workers spend a little time on the OSHA “Acclimatizing Workers” page to understand how to gradually get your body used to working in the heat.