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OSHA app focuses on helping workers beat the heat safely

Summer is finally here. After a particularly cold winter and wet spring, the heat of summer is being greeted by many as a welcome change of pace. However, most individuals can enjoy the summer heat as often as they please and no more. When they feel parched, sun-baked or simply overheated, they can return to the cool indoors or park under the shade of a tree. Many construction workers and other outdoor professionals do not have this luxury.

As a result, workers often dread the summer heat, because it can lead to serious work-related injuries and illnesses. Thankfully, employing certain preventative measures and ensuring that employers and employees are educated on how to handle heat-related conditions can help to ensure that summer is a safe and productive time for workers across the nation.

In an effort to help ensure that employers and employees are properly educated on both preventing and treating heat-related illness and injury, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a free mobile app on the subject. Specifically, the technology enables outdoor workers to monitor the local heat index, provides reminders about preventative measures workers should be taking based on the heat index and risks associated with any given index level.

In addition, the federal weather agency recently released educational materials related to heat illness and other risks that workers face in stormy summer weather. By educating themselves about prevention and treatment, monitoring the heat index and staying informed about weather-related risks, employers and employees can help to ensure that everyone has a safe and productive summer season.

Source: WEKU News, "New OSHA App meant to Keep Workers Cooler," Stu Johnson, June 3, 2013

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