June 26, 2017
Summer’s here – and the time is right for: ‘Water, Rest
WASHINGTON – Summer has begun and it brings hot
weather – and potentially dangerous work conditions. The U.S.
Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds
employers and workers to take precautions to stay safe before a
OSHA’s message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade.
On hot days, the agency recommends frequent breaks in a cool or
shady environment, and drinking water every 15 minutes. OSHA
also urges employers to allow new workers to acclimate and build
up resistance to the increased temperatures. A recent study of
heat-related workplace fatalities found that most occurred
during the worker’s first week on the job.
As part of its Heat Illness
Prevention Campaign, OSHA offers a website to raise
awareness of heat illness symptoms and prevention with
educational and training resources in several languages. The
site also links to the OSHA-National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health’s Heat Safety Tool, an app available for
OSHA encourages employers and safety professionals to use the
site to share examples of how they are keeping workers safe in
the heat. In addition to
best examples on its website, the agency will also feature
them in its bimonthly newsletter “Quick
Takes.” OSHA urges employers, employees and safety
professionals to share their heat tips and photos on Twitter
using the hashtags: #WaterRestShade and #ProTips.
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are
responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for
their employees. OSHA helps ensure these conditions by setting
standards, and providing training, education and assistance.
For additional information
November 23, 2015
January 1, 2015, all employers, both public and
private sector, must report all work-related
fatalities, impatient hospitalizations,
amputations and losses of an eye. This
worksheet may be used by employers to gather the
information CONN-OSHA will require when you make
your initial report.