Las Vegas, NV - June 13, 2014
Nevada Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) of the Division of
Industrial Relations is urging employers to establish and implement a heat
illness prevention program as the temperatures in Nevada begin to rise.
year, thousands of workers suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not
quickly treated, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, killing and average of
30 workers annually since 2003, according to U.S. Department of Labor.
conjunction with the Department of Labor’s national outreach campaign, Nevada
OSHA is reminding employers and workers that heat-related illness is
preventable by following three simple steps: water, rest and shade.
the absence of a plan implemented by the employer, employees should also be
aware of the dangers and should take preventative measures to ensure their
safety in extreme temperatures,” said John Wanamaker, Nevada OSHA Chief
related illness can be prevented by following a few simple measures:
- Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you are not
- Rest in the shade to cool down
- Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
- Learn the signs of heat illness and what to do in an
- Keep an eye on fellow workers
- "Easy does it" on your first days of work in
has developed heat illness educational materials in English and Spanish, as
well as a curriculum to be used for workplace training. Additionally, a web
page provides information and resources on heat illness – including how to
prevent it and what to do in case of an emergency – for workers and employers. For more information or resources, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html.
and employees can also access the free education and consultation services
provided the Division’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) that
focus on the prevention of workplace injury and illness. To learn more about
SCATS services, please visit http://4safenv.state.nv.us/
About the Division of Industrial Relations
The mission of the Division of Industrial
Relations, an agency of the Department of Business and Industry, is to promote
the health and safety of Nevada employees and ensure injured employees receive
all benefits to which they are entitled. The Division includes the following
units: Workers’ Compensation, Nevada Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Training Section (MSATS), Safety
Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) and the Mechanical Section. The
Division maintains offices in Carson City, Elko, Henderson, and Reno, and an
additional Mine Safety and Training Section office in Winnemucca.
About NV OSHA
The State of Nevada,
under an agreement with Federal OSHA, operates an occupational safety and
health program in accordance with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and
Health Act of 1970. Initial approval of the Nevada State Plan was published on
January 4, 1974, and final approval was published on April 18, 2000. The Nevada
State Plan applies to all public and private sector employers in the State,
with some exceptions, including, but not limited to Federal employees, the
United States Postal Service (USPS), private sector maritime, employment on
Indian lands, and areas of exclusive Federal jurisdiction.
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