For many employees, particularly in the Northeast, the long and brutal winter is still a fresh memory. Icy roads and heavy piles of snow confronted many workers with a seasonal work hazard that made their commutes and their jobs much more dangerous. While winter confronts employers with seasonal hazards, it isn't the only season with extreme weather. The summer months can bring about their own unique workplace hazards. Like winter, effectively preparing for the innate risks summer brings is imperative for any business.
The California office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is warning employers whose workers perform their duties outside to implement accident prevention programs that can protect against high heat and harsh sunlight. California's OSHA office cited a National Climatic Data Center study which showed that 2014 was the hottest calendar year in the state since 1895.
"California has the most extensive heat illness prevention requirements in the country," said California OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. "The goal is to ensure that outdoor workers are not risking their health."
Workplace training initiatives allow employers to improve the ability of their staff to recognize symptoms of heat illnesses. Part of these programs means that a business must provide employees with at least 1 quart of cool drinking water each hour. Additional work breaks are another measure that can circumvent dehydration and heat stroke.
Safety Advantage LLC provides employers with workplace training modules that can make sure workers who are exposed to high temperatures are not injured by the effects of summer heat.