It’s the middle of summer, and tree workers are at high risk for heat-related illnesses, some of which can result in death.
Fortunately, with awareness and the right amount of precaution, tree workers can find ways to work through the hot and humid weather safely.
In an effort to raise awareness about this issue, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching its 2013 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness. This campaign informs workers about the risks associated with hot weather and provides them with the tools necessary to stay safe and cool during the summer.
OSHA’s web resources include:
Educational resources that target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy and include Spanish language materials .
You can help OSHA raise awareness through your social media outlets by using the #WaterRestShade hashtag, and by sharing these resources with workers, employers and your downstream customers. To learn more about the campaign or to request educational publications, contact Frank Meilinger at Meilinger.Francis2@dol.gov or 202-693-1999.