OSHA has began their summer safety campaign to inform workers and employers about the dangers of working outside during the summer including heat exhaustion as well as heat stroke. Informing employers about these dangers is imperative as 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heatstroke in 2014 alone.
Employers are required to provide workplaces free of known safety hazards, including extreme heat, according to OSHA law. A complete heat illness prevention program should be established for employers who have workers that withstand these conditions:
- Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.