Heat Illness Prevention Campaign and Available Resources

24 May 2013 3:26 PM | Jim Rogers

OSHA is launching the 2013 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness to raise awareness, educate, and provide resources to prevent illness and death due to working outdoors in hot and humid weather.  Each year, thousands of outdoor workers experience heat-related illnesses.  In 2011, 4,420 workers experienced heat-related illness, and 61 workers died (BLS; 2012 data available late 2013). 


In the 2012 nationwide Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness, OSHA and its partners reached over 4.5 million employers and workers.  We hope to reach even more people this year in spreading the word about “Water. Rest. Shade.” 


One of the resources now available is a new smart phone app, available by clicking on one of the links below.


Download from the Android Market! Blackberry iPhone - Download from iTunes!


When you're working in the heat, safety comes first. With the OSHA Heat Safety Tool, you have vital safety information available whenever and wherever you need it - right on your mobile phone.


The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple "click," you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.


Stay informed and safe in the heat, check your risk level.


Ø  Additional Resources are available on the updated  OSHA Heat Campaign web page which features:


o   Educational resources that target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy and include Spanish language materials.

o   Using the Heat Index, a guide to employers to develop a heat illness prevention plan.

o   Training resources, including a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to use in instructing workers on heat illness.  There are links to additional resources in other languages.

o   Media resources  that includes news releases, public service announcements (PSAs), drop-in articles about heat illness prevention that you can customize to share and campaign artwork, and

o   Spanish language resources and webpage.



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