OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the value of proactive occupational safety and health (OSH) programs in all workplaces.
Implementing a safety and health program can not only reduce worker injuries – but can also save a business money and improve competitiveness.
The last Friday in May is National Heat Awareness Day – an event established to encourage employers and workers to recognize the warning signs for heat illness and keep workers safe.
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.
Fatigue in the workplace decreases performance and increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and loss of life. Fatigue can be the result of insufficient sleep, prolonged physical or mental activity, and/or disruption of sleep because of irregular shift work.
By taking some easy steps towards managing fatigue in the workplace – employers can save millions and even improve the quality of life for all employees.
Summer outdoor workers are exposed to dangerous weather hazards – extreme heat and sun exposure. Extreme heat can cause heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and other problems. Sun UV ray exposure can increase a worker’s risk for developing sunburn and types of skin cancer.
Understanding the risks, prevention, and signs and symptoms can help workers stay safe while working in hot outdoor environments.