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.
- There’s a video by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
- There’s a heat index page
- A Media resources page with articles, art work and posters
- Toolbox Talks and other training material for workers
- There’s a planning checklist
- A document for preparing for and responding to heat-related emergencies
- and a lot 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.