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OSHA News Release: 11-1105-NAT
July 20, 2011
Contact: Jesse Lawder
Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis
on continued heat waves sweeping the country
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement regarding continued record temperatures:
"Four weeks into the summer, the nation continues to experience record heat. For outdoor workers, this means being at risk for heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Employers must take the precautions needed to protect outdoor workers:
"Tell workers what to look for to spot the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in themselves and their co-workers, and make sure they know what to do in an emergency. OSHA has fact sheets and posters that illustrate the signs of heat-related illnesses, and the steps that you can take to prevent them at your work site.
"Remember: water, rest, shade - the three keys to preventing heat-related illnesses in this extreme heat."
Editor's note: OSHA has posted educational materials about heat-related illnesses, including a curriculum for workplace training, at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html. Video and audio public service announcements can be downloaded at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/mediaresources.html. All of these materials are available in English and Spanish.
U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at http://www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.
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