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With the onset of high temperatures and high humidity, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) wants to make sure New England employers and their workers have the information they need to cope with extreme heat now and throughout the warm-weather season.
"Workers become more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses during extremely hot weather and those who don't take precautions could suffer rashes, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion or heat stroke," said Ruth McCully, OSHA's New England regional administrator. "In the most severe cases, excessive heat can be more than uncomfortable, it can be life-threatening. However, if workers and employers follow a few simple guidelines, heat hazards can be minimized."
OSHA suggests the following tips for employers and workers to prevent heat-related disorders -- many of which are easily avoided. Simply drinking plenty of water and wearing light, loose-fitting clothing, for example, significantly reduce the risk. And it is important to know that a person need not be in the sun for heat stress to occur.
OSHA's Ten Suggestions to Employers for Helping Workers Stay Cool in Hot Workplaces:
Sources of Information
In addition, two free OSHA publications on heat hazards that are of particular interest to workers and employers are:
Both publications are available free of charge via OSHA's Internet website at http://www.osha.gov, or by contacting one of the following OSHA's offices in New England:
Hartford (860) 240-3152
Bridgeport (203) 579-5580
Bangor (207) 941-8177
Portland (207) 780-3178
Braintree (617) 565-6924
Methuen (617) 565-8110
Springfield (413) 785-0123
Concord (603) 225-1629)
Providence (401) 528-4669
More detailed information regarding the recognition, evaluation, control of, and compliance actions involving, heat stress is available through OSHA's technical links website. Just go to the OSHA homepage at http://www.osha.gov, click on the Subject Index and then click on the link for "Heat Stress." The Heat Stress Card noted above is available under the "Publications" link.
[Note to editors: If you wish to have a copy of the heat stress fact sheet faxed to you, please call (617) 565-2072].
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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