With weather forecasters and the media trumpeting the news that the Southeast may see cooler-than-normal temperatures this summer, it may be tempting to assume that equates to a safer outdoor environment for workers. In reality, the forecast was for “near or slightly below average” temperatures, which won’t make a huge difference. Furthermore, the air is forecast to be muggy, which makes it harder for the body’s internal cooling mechanism (sweat) to do its job.
Don’t take any chances with hot weather. OSHA recently released its National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Heat Illness alert. It reinforces the need for caution in hot weather and provides helpful advice for workers that experience heat-related issues ranging from relatively minor complaints, such as heat rash, to extremely serious ones like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
We urge employers to download this document, available here, and to post and distribute it widely.
Happy Summer! Stay cool!