According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is the responsibility of employers to protect workers from safety hazards including those brought about by extreme heat. Extreme weather conditions can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke, with 2,630 workers suffering from heat illness and 18 dying in 2014.
Here are some of the tips that OSHA gives for employers to protect their employers during the Summer's excessive heat:
- Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
- Monitor workers for signs of illness.