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Heat still a factor for outdoor workers

August 17, 2012
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heatwaveOn the heels of the hottest month in US history, OSHA continues to promote its smart phone-friendly Heat Safety Tool mobile app, which provides vital safety info on heat-related illness prevention.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported that July was the hottest month in the U.S. since modern record-keeping began in 1895, and more extreme heat could still be ahead of us this year.

OSHA says more than 49,000 people who have downloaded its Heat Safety Tool mobile app, which is available in English or Spanish.

The agency has been conducting outreach in various parts of the country about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather, giving special attention to Spanish-speaking workers, who fill large portions of outdoor industry workforces. In recent weeks in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, Texas, OSHA compliance officers have operated three phone banks in Spanish on local Univision stations, taking questions from the public and providing information on the campaign.

To order any of OSHA's heat illness prevention materials in English or Spanish, call 202-693-1999 or visit OSHA's Publications page.

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