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In an effort to educate more workers about the dangers of extreme weather conditions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released two versions of its Heat Stress and Cold Stress cards -- one in English and one in Spanish.
Thousands of workers across the country are exposed to extreme weather conditions during the workday. The potential for suffering weather-related injuries and illnesses increases dramatically in extreme hot or cold temperatures.
"Many workers in this country, especially those in construction and agriculture, have jobs that expose them directly to the elements," said Charles N. Jeffress, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. "The Spanish versions of the Heat Stress and Cold Stress cards will help reach more workers and educate them and their employers about the dangers these conditions produce and how to avoid the associated injuries."
Each card lists important signs and symptoms critical to preventing weather-related injuries and illnesses. According to Jeffress, employers and employees need to be aware of the warning signs and take action when necessary. The cards also identify first aid techniques designed to reduce the effects of these types of injuries.
The Heat Stress Card focuses on heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These injuries occur most frequently when temperatures exceed 85° Fahrenheit (29.4° Celsius) and the humidity is high. If unnoticed or untreated, heat stress injuries can lead to death.
As the temperature falls below freezing during the winter months, the body becomes more susceptible to the effects of cold stress. Wind speed and wetness also are factors.
The Cold Stress Card describes two common cold-related injuries -- frostbite and hypothermia. If not treated in time, these conditions can cause tissue damage and even death.
Both versions of the cards are available for free through OSHA's Publications Office at (202) 693-1888; fax (202) 693-2498. Copies of the cards also are available on OSHA's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/.
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The text of this news release is on the Internet at http://www.osha.gov.
Information on this news release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: 202-693-1999.
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