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Hot weather is here. Extreme heat can be dangerous. Last year, thousands of workers in the United States got sick from exposure to excessive heat on the job, and more than 30 workers died. These illnesses and deaths can be prevented by taking some simple precautions.
BEAT THE HEAT: THREE SIMPLE STEPS
When working outside during hot weather, remember these three things:
HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS: KNOW THE SIGNS
If you or a coworker has symptoms of heat-related illness, tell your supervisor right away. If you can, move the person to a shaded area loosen his/her clothing, give him/her water (a little at a time), and cool him/her down with ice packs or cool water.
OSHA can help. This year, OSHA and its State Plan partners have launched a nationwide campaign to raise employer and worker awareness of the dangers of heat and how to protect workers.
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