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In any workplace in which a respirator is required, the employer
must establish a written respiratory protection program with
specific procedures for all sites covered by it. The program
must be updated as necessary to reflect changes in conditions
and must be administered by a trained administrator.
A key element of that program is to ensure that training in the
use of that respiratory protection equipment is provided.
Employers must provide respirators, training, and medical
evaluations at no cost to employees.
Despite this clear mandate, the federal Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) reported that in a recent year only 59 percent
of establishments that required employees to use respirators
actually provided respirator training.
Make sure that your workplace is not inviting an OSHA citation
through this omission.
June 22, 2009
Contact: Office of Communications
tips on working safely in hot weather
WASHINGTON -- Those hot, hazy days of summer are
approaching. The heat can be especially harmful for
those who work outdoors in direct sunlight or in hot
environments, making them susceptible to
heat-induced illnesses such as heat stress, heat
exhaustion or the more serious heat stroke.
"Working in extreme temperatures is not only
uncomfortable, it can be life-threatening," said
acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Jordan
Barab. "As we move into the summer months, it is
important for workers and their employers to
minimize the chances of heat-induced illnesses, and
imperative that they recognize the signs of heat
stress and take proper precautions to reduce the
chances of illness or death."
High temperature and humidity, physical exertion and
lack of sufficient water intake can lead to
heat-related stress. Symptoms of heat exhaustion or
heat stroke include confusion, irrational behavior,
loss of consciousness, abnormally high body
temperature and hot, dry skin.
OSHA advises workers to take preventive measures
such as reducing physical exertion and wearing
light, loose-fitting clothing. The agency advises
employers to provide workers with water and regular
rest periods in a cool recovery area.
Workers from the Effects of Heat" and "Working
Outdoors in Warm Climates" are OSHA fact sheets
that explain heat stress and provide recommendations
to protect workers from exposure to ultraviolet
radiation. Employers and workers will find more
practical tips for guarding against UV radiation in
Yourself in the Sun," a pocket-sized card
addressing various forms of skin cancer. These
publications are free and can be downloaded from
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of
1970, OSHA's role is to assure safe and healthful
working conditions for America's working men and
women by setting and enforcing standards, and
providing training, outreach and education. For more
U.S. Labor Department releases
are accessible on the Internet at
www.dol.gov. The information in this news
release will be made available in alternate format
upon request (large print, Braille, audiotape or
disc) from the COAST office. Please specify which
news release when placing your request at (202)
693-7828 or TTY (202) 693-7755. The U.S. Department
of Labor is committed to providing America's
employers and employees with easy access to
understandable information on how to comply with its
laws and regulations. For more information, please
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