Department of Labor Launches National Campaign to Protect Workers from Heat-Related Illnesses

On April 26, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a national initiative by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to educate workers and their employers about the dangers associated with working in the heat and ways to avoid heat-related illnesses. According to Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, “If you’re working outdoors, you’re at risk for heat-related illnesses that can cause serious medical problems and even death. But heat illness can be prevented. This Labor Department campaign will reach across the country with a very simple message—water, rest and shade.”

OSHA has developed educational, training, and media resources to assist employers and employees with the prevention of heat-related illnesses. These resources can be found here on OSHA’s website.
OSHA has also developed a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide weather service alerts that will incorporate worker safety precautions when heat alerts are issued across the United States. This information can be located here.