OSHA is reminding employers in several states, including California, to protect their outdoor workers from Heat Illness. The reminder is especially aimed at those employers of workers who are not accustomed to working outdoors in high temperatures. Heat illness is a very real possibility in the summer and both employers and employees should stay aware.
The agency works to protect workers from hazards on the job, and one of those hazards is the heat when it comes to working in the summer. OSHA wants to prevent serious illness and death, and is offering tips to employers.
1. High-Heat Procedures
In most states, when temperatures hit 95 degrees or higher, high-heat procedures need to be implemented. These include the monitoring of outdoor workers, buddy systems and communication with workers who are on their own.
2. Knowing the Signs
Employers are encouraged to train workers on the signs of heat illness. These include fatigue, nausea, vomiting and confusion. Symptoms are unique to individuals and one employee with heat illness may not react like another.
When temperatures soar, workers should be given the ability to take frequent breaks out of the heat of the sun. Cool or cold drinking water should be readily available, and procedures should be put in place for workers who are feeling ill.
An employee who suffers heat illness or some other type of injury on the job in San Luis Obispo may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We have knowledge of state law, OSHA and the local court systems. We will help you get the money you deserve. Call today to schedule a free consultation and let us advise you of your legal options.
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