|Staying safe in the heat- We have an APP for that- workers can monitor heat index|
|News Releases - Environment & Weather|
|Written by Rhonda Burke|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 09:57|
The Midwest forecast for the first week of summer is hot, hot, hot. Weather affects all of us, but workers who job is to be outdoors such as construction workers, first responders, maintenance and festival workers are particularly at risk when the heat index soars. Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed ‒ on average ‒ more than 30 workers annually since 2003.
OSHA will launch its Summer Safety Campaign for workers- “Water. Rest. Shade,” on the first day of summer, June 20.
We hope you will keep this message at the forefront of you summer heat coverage throughout the season.
Additionally, The Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and National Weather Service Acting Deputy Director Steven Cooper will host the teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 20, exclusively for television and radio meteorologists and weather reporters to provide helpful information to outdoor workers when temperatures soar to summer’s dangerous levels. Please consider having your meteorologist or weather reporters participate in this informational event or to use the material above to develop stories on summer safety for workers.
We hope you will keep this message at the forefront of you summer heat coverage throughout the season to help protect the health and lives of workers.
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