Details:This meeting is for the open discussion and education of the members about safety concerns.
OSHA emphasizes importance of acclimatization in protecting outdoor workers from heat illness
The Department of Labor and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have teamed up again to prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. Heat-related injuries and fatalities in outdoor workers continue with record-breaking heat waves over the last three summers. In 2012 alone, at least 31 workers died of heat related illness and 4,120 more were made sick.
In a June 19, 2014 call with meteorologists and weather reporters across the country, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels and NOAA's Deputy Undersecretary Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany discussed the dangers.
"Every year, dozens of workers are killed by heat, and thousands more experience heat-related illnesses," said Michaels. "We have found that the workers who are most at risk for heat-related illnesses are those who are new to outdoor jobs – especially temporary workers – or those that have returned from more than a week away. Workers are particularly at risk if the weather has just gotten hot, and they have not been acclimatized to the heat."
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. Visit OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention page for more information and to get OSHA's free Heat Safety Tool smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 138,000 time to date. To order quantities of OSHA's heat illness educational materials in English or Spanish, call OSHA's Office of Communications at (202) 693-1999.
A few reminders about on the job injuries:
• Always tell your employer if you are injured on the job. Injury symptoms
may not be fully apparent until later. For example a head injury. You
may feel fine, but later experience headaches, vision problems, and
drowsiness, all of which could indicate a concussion.
• According to Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries,
you have the right to choose your own doctor. You may see a company
doctor if you wish.
• Also, according to L & I you have the right to decide who, if anyone, you
want to accompany you to the doctor. You have the right to decline to
have the company nurse or any company representative accompany you
to the hospital, doctor, or other medical visit.
• You have the same rights and benefits if your company is self-insured.
• Your employer may not discriminate or retaliate against you for filing a
Act in time to
Heart Attack Signs
Fast action is your best weapon against a heart attack. Why? Because
Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments can prevent or
limit damage to the heart – but they need to be given immediately after symptoms begin. The sooner they are started, the more good they will do and the greater the chances are for survival and a full recovery.
Know the signs
Pay attention to these common heart attack warning signs:
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath
This often occurs with or before chest discomfort.
Other signs may include:
Ø Breaking out in cold sweat
FAST ACTION SAVES LIVES
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have symptoms!
If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more symptoms of a heart attack, CALL 9-1-1 right away. Don’t wait!
If you are having symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1 have someone else call for you.
Do not drive to any fire station as the firefighters may be out on calls and there may be no one there to help you. Never drive yourself to the hospital unless you have absolutely no other choice.
This information brought to you by: Snohomish County Fire District One
Welcome to OSHA's Fall Prevention Campaign
FALLS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CONSTRUCTION. In 2010, there were 264 fall fatalities (255 falls to lower level) out of 774 total fatalities in construction. These deaths are preventable.
Falls can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps:
This website is part of OSHA's nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. The educational resources page gives workers and employers information about falls and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites. Many of the new resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency.
We invite you to join in this effort by helping to reach workers and employers in your community with the resources you find on this site. OSHA will continue to add information and tools to this page throughout the year.
OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) - Construction Sector on this nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved. Here's how:
PLAN ahead to get the job done safely
When working from heights, such as ladders, scaffolds, and roofs, employers must plan projects to ensure that the job is done safely. Begin by deciding how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task.
When estimating the cost of a job, employers should include safety equipment, and plan to have all the necessary equipment and tools available at the construction site. For example, in a roofing job, think about all of the different fall hazards, such as holes or skylights and leading edges, then plan and select fall protection suitable to that work, such as personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).
PROVIDE the right equipment
Workers who are six feet or more above lower levels are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear.
Different ladders and scaffolds are appropriate for different jobs. Always provide workers with the kind they need to get the job done safely. For roof work, there are many ways to prevent falls. If workers use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), provide a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect all fall protection equipment to ensure it's still in good condition and safe to use.
TRAIN everyone to use the equipment safely
Falls can be prevented when workers understand proper set-up and safe use of equipment, so they need training on the specific equipment they will use to complete the job. Employers must train workers in hazard recognition and in the care and safe use ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and other equipment they'll be using on the job.
OSHA has provided numerous materials and resources that employers can use during toolbox talks to train workers on safe practices to avoid falls in construction. Falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented and lives can be saved through three simple steps: Plan, Provide and Train.
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