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Shelter From The Sun: Heat Protection for Employees in Arizona


Arizona leads the nation in heat-related deaths, nearly all of which occur during the hot summer months. Companies with outdoor workers need to review their policies regarding the protection of workers from the elements.

OSHA — the Occupational Safety and Health Act — has no specific regulations addressing employer responsibility regarding heat and sun-related hazards. However, the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rule does state that employers must provide both protective equipment and employee training to workers if they work under certain conditions — sunlight and heat are included as environmental hazards. PPE may include clothing that protects the eyes, face, head and extremities of an employee, as well as protective shields and barriers.

Below are some additional tips to help decrease the risk of employee overexposure and heat-related illnesses:

This article appeared in the May 17, 2010 issue of AZ Big Media.


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