Tennessee OSHA takes steps to keep workers safe

Tennessee OSHA takes steps to keep workers safe

Tennessee OSHA takes steps to keep workers safe

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials are working to combat extreme heat temperatures as road work begins across the state.

According to OSHA, extreme heat is considered a workplace hazard. The agency added that water, rest and shade are the most important resources for those who work outdoors.

“We look out for each other, the most workplaces, the safest workplaces, are those where everyone looks out for each other’s health,” said Larry Hunt, deputy commissioner of Tennessee OSHA, in a statement.

Tennessee OSHA said it talks to employers every year about the risks heat can bring.

“Train your employees, let them know what your requirements are, let them know if, again, some employers will allow their employees to start earlier in the cooler parts of the day, anything that the employer can do that allows employees to do — train them to take care of themselves,” Hunt said.

For some employees, working outdoors is unavoidable, such as at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

“During these extreme heat weather conditions, we want to make sure our workers stay safe,” TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi said in a statement.

Many employers said hydration is key when it comes to keeping their workers safe in the summer.

In addition to the typical methods of providing water and a place to rest and have shade, TDOT uses another method to keep its employees safe.

“When possible, we will do this earlier in the day or outside of business hours so it’s not at the peak warm weather time of the day,” Nagi said.

In a statement to 6 News, USPS also said it trains its employees on heat illness prevention before they can begin working for the Postal Service.