Heat Illness Awareness Warms Up
More than 30 people died last year of heat-illness related incidents in the workplace. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has launched a national campaign to educate workers and their employers about heat-related illness.
The campaign centers on three components that can save an individuals life: water, rest and shade. California already requires a written heat-illness program from employers with exposure. California requirements and guidelines may be found at http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/HeatIllnessInfo.html . The Federal outreach with training materials and resources may be found at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html .
So often we think of heat exposures related to agriculture or construction activities. Two years ago a party supply rental company had an employee experience heat exhaustion as he set up tables and chairs for a wine tasting in a 100+ degree environment. Any company with employee exposure to outdoor warm weather such as auto dealers, auto repair, tow companies, trash collection, landscaping, facilities maintenance, caterers, etc. should have a heat- illness program.
A viable heat-illness program will contribute to keeping healthy workers. Please contact me if you would like to discuss this topic or any of your workers compensation questions.