New workers most at risk for heat-related illness: Employers should allow time for acclimation



OSHA is investigating two recent heat fatalities involving workers who were new to the job. In a recent call with meteorologists, Assistant Secretary Michaels emphasized that OSHA has found that, generally, the workers who are most at risk for heat-related illnesses are those who are new to outdoor jobs – especially temporary workers.
 
Seasonal workers can be considered new even if they have been working every season for several years. Gradually increasing the workload and giving workers time to acclimate allows them to build tolerance to the heat. This is critically important for workers who are new to working outdoors in the heat, who have been away from working in the heat for a week or more, or at the beginning of a heat wave. Once a worker is acclimated to heat, the risk is lower. Employers should take steps to protect workers and help them acclimate.

OSHA's Heat Safety Tool smartphone app can help users monitor dangerous heat levels throughout the summer. The app is available for iPhone and Android and has already been downloaded almost 85,000. Download the app and find additional resources on National Safety Compliance's Heat Stress page.

Construction sites stand down to prevent falls

OSHA's Chicago area offices partnered with the Builders Association, Construction Safety Council, the Chicago Area Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, construction contractors and other safety and health organizations to sponsor safety stand down on June 12. At 70 construction sites across the Chicago area, 1,500 workers ceased work for about 30 minutes to receive focused training on how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented by planning ahead and using the right safety equipment.

To learn more about OSHA's Fall Prevention campaign, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls.

OSHA's alliance with the Shipyard Workers Union signed!

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Region 9 News Release: 13-1051-SAN (SF-90)
July 9, 2013
Contact: Deanne Amaden      Jose A. Carnevali
Phone: 415-625-2630      415-625-2631
Email: amaden.deanne@dol.gov      carnevali.jose@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA signs alliance with the Shipyard Workers
Union to inform, protect San Diego shipbuilding and industry workers

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today forged an alliance with the Shipyard Workers Union to promote workplace safety and health, provide guidance and training programs for shipyard workers and raise awareness of hazardous operations onboard ships during building and repair periods.

Through the alliance, OSHA and the Shipyard Workers Union will work jointly to develop effective training and education programs for shipyard workers and OSHA personnel. The alliance will focus on emergency response, confined spaces onboard ships, respirator use and toxic metals.

"This alliance affirms our commitment to ensure that shipyard workers have a safe and healthy workplace," said Jay Vicory, director of OSHA's San Diego Area Office. "We have a tremendous opportunity here to prevent accidents and injuries and reduce hazards associated with work at shipyards."

The alliance was signed at the offices of the Shipyard Workers Union in San Diego by Vicory and Robert Godinez, the union's president.

Through its Alliance Program, OSHA works with businesses, trade associations, unions, consulates, professional organizations, faith- and community-based organizations, and educational institutions to prevent workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The purpose of each alliance is to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and educate workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities.

More information about this alliance can be obtained from OSHA's area office for Southern California in San Diego at 619-557-5030.