Heat Illness Prevention Campaign 2012
As the summer months quickly approach, the heat associated with this season is sure to follow. This creates a potentially dangerous hazard for all workers whose services involve working outdoors. However, heat-related illnesses can affect anyone exposed to heat, including those working indoors.
For this reason, Dr. David Michaels hosted a press conference on Monday, May 7th, announcing OSHA’s 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Campaign. This nationwide campaign is being launched to educate workers on the dangers of working in environments with heat hazards. Last year, more than 4,000 workers experienced heat stress or heat illness, and as many as 40 of those cases resulted in death.
Workers at risk of heat stress include firefighters, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, factory workers, military, health care, emergency response and cleanup personnel and many more.
The risk of heat stress increases greatly if a worker:
- Is 65 years of age or older
- Is overweight
- Has heart disease or high blood pressure
- Takes medication(s)
To help ensure the success of this campaign, Dr. Michaels and OSHA have released a list of industry-specific resources and a free “Heat Safety Tool” application available for download on smartphones. The application allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index of their workplace environment, displays the risk level associated with that heat index and even provides reminders about protective measures used to reduce the risk associated with heat-related work.
To download the application, visit the OSHA website: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html