May 3: Government Reminds Employers to Protect Workers During Hot Weather

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Due to the first heat wave of the year, the government reminded employers that, under the OHS laws, hot weather is a hazard they must identify, address and take steps to control. Employers should help protect workers by:

  • Reducing physical activity, changing the work location to a cooler, shaded area, and creating a cooling station where workers can rest
  • Using a work-rest schedule with extra breaks, if needed
  • Letting workers acclimate by gradually increasing the time they spend working outside
  • Scheduling physically demanding jobs for the cooler times of day
  • Providing plenty of cool drinking water.