Summer in Arizona means only one thing — temperatures are on the rise. Working outdoors in the summer heat without proper precautions can be excruciating, and oftentimes, life-threatening. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. Yet, we rely on outdoor workers in the construction, agriculture, transportation and emergency response industries all year long. Continue reading →
The first day of summer is June 21, but the temperatures the last few days tell us summer already is here. Arizonans are experiencing extreme heat, and the forecast suggests we will top 110 degrees all this week.
When temperatures climb to triple digits, customers turn to their air conditioners to keep their homes and businesses cool. In fact, cooling accounts for 40% of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home. Arizona Public Service (APS) offers a few Continue reading →
A phone app from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration warns workers and others who will be outside as summer heats up of risks of heat-related illness, and provides preventive steps.
By NIHAL KRISHAN Cronkite News
WASHINGTON – Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials had a message Wednesday for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety.
And if that’s too much to remember, OSHA has an app for that. And it’s free.
The federal agency actually has had the OSHA Heat app since 2011, but recently it unveiled an updated version of the phone app that provides users with a heat index reading for a particular location and gives precautions to help prevent heat-related illnesses. Continue reading →