With rising temperatures, workers must take care to protect themselves against dehydration and heat-related illnesses. Federal law requires employers to protect workers against heat hazards.
To protect employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a new OSHA Hazard Alert. This free PDF lays out employer responsibilities, worker rights and OSHA’s current heat enforcement efforts.
For example, employers are required to do the following:
- Provide water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to adjust to the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.