05/09/2011

Campaign to protect workers from heat-related illnesses

Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat-related illness, which
often manifests as heat exhaustion. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion
can become heat stroke, which may kill workers. Heat can be a real danger for
workers in jobs ranging from agriculture and landscaping to construction, road
repair, airport baggage handling and even car sales.

"If you're working outdoors, you're at risk for heat-related illnesses that can
cause serious medical problems and even death," said the US-American Secretary
of Labor Hilda L. Solis and announced OSHA's national outreach initiative to
educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in
the heat with a very simple message -- "water, rest and shade."

OSHA's new Heat Illness Campaign Web page provides educational materials in
English and Spanish, as well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration