It's hotter than blazes! How to protect workers when temperatures soar

Today's post comes from G.Neil's HR News Weekly:

For much of the country this summer, daily highs in the 80s, 90s -- and even 100s -- are the norm. Record heat is gripping the nation, leaving outdoor workers vulnerable to heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, along with other experts, urges all employers to take the proper precautions to protect workers from intense heat.

Some of the recommendations:

=> Devise a work site plan that outlines prevention measures and ensures that medical services are available to respond to a potential emergency
=> Provide ample amounts of water at work sites and remind workers to drink small amounts frequently (every 15 minutes)
=>Schedule rest breaks throughout work shifts and provide shaded or air-conditioned rest areas near work sites
=>Allow new workers to get used to the extreme heat, gradually increasing the work load over a week's time
=>As much as possible, schedule strenuous tasks earlier in the day

Remember: The three keys to preventing heat-related illnesses are 1) WATER, 2) REST, 3) SHADE.

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