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How to Prevent Work-Related Heat Illness this Summer
Extreme heat is responsible for more weather-related deaths in the United States than any other environmental conditions, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Since 2011, the organization has made spreading awareness of heat safety a priority, and encourages employers, as well as workers, to take simple precautions to avoid heat illnesses such as cramps, heat rash, excessive sweating, and heat stroke.
Heat illnesses are often caused when a person becomes dehydrated or overheated, typically due to environmental factors or overexertion, which then interferes with the human body’s ability to regulate its core temperature and cool down.
Outdoor workers are particularly at risk during the summer, but even workers that are indoors are susceptible to the dangers of exposure to extreme heat.
Employers are responsible, not only for ensuring that workers have a healthy and safe work environment, but also for providing training to help prevent on-the-job accidents or injuries from happening in the first place.