White House to host webinar on protecting workers from heat illness
Posted May 19, 2016
The White House is hosting a webinar on increasing community preparedness to extreme heat on May 26 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. During the webinar, an OSHA representative will discuss the responsibility of employers and supervisors to prevent heat illness through providing workers with water, opportunity to rest, and shade.
Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, including new workers, temporary workers, or those returning to work after a week or more off. This also includes everyone during a heat wave.
Industries most affected by heat-related illness are:
- Trade, transportation and utilities;
- Building, grounds maintenance;
- Landscaping services; and
- Support activities for oil and gas operations.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes.
Anyone wishing to attend the webinar should register online.
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