June 15, 2015
CONTACT: Elena Bensor-Slyter
Public Information/Community Relations Officer
(801) 530-6918 - Desk
(801) 707-1108 – Cell
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:
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.