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Jul 22, 2021

OREGON: Oregon OSHA offers heat illness prevention resources

Safety and Health 

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) is offering educational and training resources to help employers comply with its recently adopted temporary rule to prevent heat illness, on which we recently issued an Alert. The resources include a fact sheet summarizing the rule; a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) infographic for employers on how to protect workers from heat stress; a heat illness poster (in English and Spanish); information about first aid for heat illness from the Oregon Health Authority (in English and Spanish); a sample heat illness prevention plan (in English and Spanish); and additional resources for education and training.

Tips: Most of Oregon OSHA’s emergency rule to prevent heat illness took effect July 8, 2021, so by now you should already be implementing its procedures. The rule’s training requirements, effective August 1, 2021, require employers to educate and train employees in a language readily understood by them. If your workers primarily speak or read Spanish, use the Spanish-language resources in addition to the English-language resources. Oregon OSHA said it will prioritize enforcement of this rule, including reassigning inspectors, authorizing overtime, and using other types of inspections – such as fall prevention and field inspections – to also inspect for heat illness issues. Keep your workers safe and avoid penalties by making use of these free resources. Contact your Vigilant safety professional if you need help.

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