As the central San Joaquin Valley sizzles, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration asks employers to shield workers from heat illness.
Tips include resting in shade to cool off, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing, drinking water every 15 minutes, even when not thirsty, and learning the signs of heat illness and keeping an eye on fellow workers.
OSHA also has a free app that can calculate a worksite’s heat index, show the risk level present to outdoor workers and remind users about protective measures against the heat. The app is available in English and Spanish.
More information is at www.osha.gov/heat.
Sarah Anderson: (559) 441-6248; @Sarahsonofander