NIOSH: Employers should have a heat plan in place
New bulletin offers guidance
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers have a plan in place to prevent heat-related illness. The agency recently released a Workplace Solutions Bulletin that provides specific guidance for companies to follow when employees work outdoors.
Three basic elements
According to NIOSH, a workplace plan to help workers avoid heat stress should include:
- Hydration (drinking plenty of water)
- Acclimatization (getting used to weather conditions)
- Schedules that alternate work with rest
NIOSH also recommends that employers train workers about the hazards of working in hot environments
The bulletin also offers updated statistics, case studies and examples that illustrate how extreme heat exposures can lead to occupational illnesses and injuries and possible death.
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