A Note from the Director

| OSHA, USF Safety Florida

Dear Reader,

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Florida, widely known as the “Sunshine State” is on record as being the warmest state in our nation. Although, this may be great for beach-goers, for Florida’s workforce, extreme heat presents a new layer of challenges. Outdoor workers and workers in hot environments are often subject to greater risk of occupational heat exposure, which can often result in heat illness, injury and even death.

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Employers are strongly encouraged to implement engineering controls and safe work practices to prevent unnecessary deaths. Here are a couple ways you can protect your workforce immediately:

  • 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.

Adopting a preemptive approach to workplace can increase your organization’s profitability and more importantly, save lives. Become familiar with the signs of heat-related illnesses. Join the USF SafetyFlorida Consultation Program in partnership with the USF OTI Education Center on September 23rd, 2020 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am for a free webinar where we will explore OSHA’s Water. Rest. Shade initiative by discussing what heat illness is, steps to prevent heat illness, recognizing the signs and symptoms, plus much more. Click here to register.