As temperatures climb, keep three things in mind:
Water. Rest. Shade.
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June is National Safety Month
With an excessive heat warning in effect for much of Oregon this week, employers may be wondering how to keep outdoor workers safe.
New workers, and those who perform strenuous activity or wear heavy protective clothing, have an even greater risk of heat-related illnesses.
Here’s what OSHA recommends:

Breaks in cool shadeSchedule frequent breaks in a cool, shaded area.

Drink water oftenRemind workers to drink water often (about one cup every 15-20 minutes). Avoid beverages with sugar and caffeine, which can increase dehydration.

Acclimate workers to heatAcclimatize inexperienced workers (no more than 20 percent exposure on day one; increasing no more than 20 percent each day).

Sun exposureIf the heat index hits 103 degrees or higher, reschedule outdoor work to the coolest part of the shift. Move nonessential tasks to a cooler day.

Set up buddy systemSet up a buddy system and monitor workers for signs of heat-related illness.

Download OSHA’s heat safety app to calculate the heat index and risk level for your worksite and get protective measures.
Visit our health and safety site to learn more about preventing heat- and cold-related injuries.
Test your sun safety knowledge with our interactive game.
Find free SAIF trainings—online and in your area.
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