Heat 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.