OSHA Announces 2014 Heat Campaign
From Doug Kalinowski, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs –
OSHA is launching the 2014 Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers. Thank you for all of your assistance in previous years, you have done a great job in helping us reach over 10.7 million workers and employers in over 4,000 meetings and trainings. To continue raising awareness about heat illness prevention this hot summer, we have new and updated resources available to you at www.osha.gov/heat.
This year we are focusing on acclimatization (ac·cli·ma·ti·za·tion), the physical change that the body undergoes to build tolerance to the heat, and especially for new and temporary workers. To acclimatize, workers should get used to hot environments by gradually increasing exposure by taking frequent breaks for water and rest in the shade. During a rapid change in excessively hot weather, even experienced workers need time to acclimatize.
Our smartphone app been downloaded 130,000 times and can calculate the heat index based on your location and provide recommendations to prevent heat illness. We would appreciate your help in raising awareness about this great tool as well.