Employers: Guard Against Heat Illness in Your Workplace


Outdoor Workers must guard against heat illness during hot monthsHeat can be a real danger for workers during the summer, especially those who work outdoors with temperatures into the 90's. So, for your employees – especially those who work outdoors  --  summer heat is not only uncomfortable,  it can be down right dangerous.

Recognizing the immediate threat, OSHA is currently promoting a national outreach initiative to educate workers and employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to recognize and prevent heat illnesses.  The simple message: "water, rest, and shade."  Their website includes segments with resources, educational material and much more for you to use to make your workforce aware of the dangers and how to cope with the extreme heat this summer. 

As an employer, you want to protect your employees against possible injury and danger; so you will want to educate them to avoid heat-related illness. OSHA reports that, each year, thousands of outdoor workers encounter heat illness as they do their jobs, and it  often manifests as heat exhaustion. Heat Stroke can quick follow heat exhaustion if it is not handled promptly. Heat stroke was responsible for the death of 30 workers last year.

OSHA boss, David Michaels warns workers that  "Drinking water often, taking breaks, and limiting time in the heat are simple, effective ways to prevent heat illness."

In addition to providing a full complement of resources and educational materials on heat illness, and to assist employers and employees, OSHA has partnered  with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide weather service alerts. These alerts will include worker safety precautions and will be available when heat alerts are issued across the U.S.


As a responsible employer, you want to be sure your employees are protected in your workplace and that, should illness or injury occur, you have the proper insurance coverage to assist with any claims.  In the face of threats to your employees’ health and safety such as the environmental danger from extreme heat,  we here at Schaefer & Delauder Insurance suggest that you take a moment to review your company’s insurance coverage to be prepared before you need it.  We welcome your questions and would be glad to help you review your insurance policy at your convenience.

 Here at Schaefer & Delauder Insurance Services in Germantown and Frederick, MD, our experienced agents welcome your questions and can assist you by reviewing your current insurance policy and helping you to exploring your insurance coverage options. Why not contact us at your convenience?

Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:18