WATER. REST. SHADE. OSHA's Campaign to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

Campaign to Keep Workers Safe
in the Heat
Our Campaign
Our Heat Illness Prevention campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers
and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training
sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media
messaging and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have
learned how to protect workers from heat. Our safety message comes down to
three key words: Water. Rest. Shade.
Dangers of Working in the Heat
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while
working in extreme heat or humid conditions. More than 40 percent of heatrelated
worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but workers in
every field are susceptible. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can
affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.
Employer Responsibility to Protect Workers
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of
known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.
An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a
complete heat illness prevention program.
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.
OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do
to keep workers safe and what workers need to know - including factors for
heat illness, adapting to working in indoor and outdoor heat, protecting
workers, recognizing symptoms, and first aid training. The page also includes
resources for specific industries and OSHA workplace standards. Also look
for heat illness educational and training materials on our Publications page.

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