The United States Department of Labor reminds Delaware employers to protect their employees from the dangers of heat illness.
"PHILADELPHIA – As temperatures and humidity rise in Delaware, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor reminds employers and workers not to ignore the dangers of working in hot weather - indoors and out - and to remember that ""Water. Rest. Shade."" can mean the difference between ending the workday safely or suffering serious conditions or worse. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 344 worker-related deaths in the United States occurred as a result of environmental heat exposure between 2011 and 2019. Experts in workplace safety believe that the true number of heat-related fatalities may be underreported or misreported as another cause, such as a heart attack. In April 2022, the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a national emphasis programme to protect workers from heat illness and injuries to combat the dangers of heat exposure."