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For Immediate Release

June 15, 2015

CONTACT: Elena Bensor-Slyter
Public Information/Community Relations Officer
(801) 530-6918 - Desk
(801) 707-1108 – Cell

Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers - 2015

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SALT LAKE CITY – UOSH is supporting the National Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers.

Each year, thousands of workers experience heat-related illnesses and many die. These illnesses and deaths are preventable. This year, we are focusing on prevention.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers establish a heat-related illness prevention program that includes the following measures:

  • Training supervisors and workers to prevent, recognize and treat heat-related illness.
  • Implementing a heat acclimation program for workers.
  • Providing for and encouraging proper hydration with proper amounts of fluids.
  • Establishing work/rest schedules appropriate for the current heat stress conditions (an industrial hygienist may need to be consulted). A UOSH Consultation industrial hygienist can assist you at no cost, 801-530-6855, http://www.laborcommission.utah.gov/.
  • Ensuring access to shade or cool areas.
  • Monitoring workers during hot conditions.
  • Providing prompt medical attention to workers who show signs of heat-related illness.
  • Evaluating work practices continually to reduce exertion and environmental stress.
  • Monitoring weather reports daily and rescheduling jobs with high heat exposure to cooler times of day.

Some occupations – such as logging, firefighting, agriculture and construction are at a greater than average risk. Workers who are suddenly exposed to working in a hot environment, new workers, and those returning from time away are especially vulnerable.

Visit the Utah Labor Commission webpage at http://www.laborcommission.utah.gov/ to learn more about preventing heat-related illness and to find free educational and training resources in both English and Spanish.