Heat Exposure Initiative

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News Release: Associated Press
June 19, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal officials are partnering with forecasters to raise awareness of heat stroke and heat exhaustion risks outdoor workers could face this summer.

U.S. Department of Labor officials announced the partnership with the National Weather Service on Thursday.

Aside from highlighting things workers and employers can do to recognize extreme heat risk factors, federal officials are also asking local meteorologists to remind laborers to seek water, rest and shade during hot and humid days. Officials say temporary and seasonal workers face particularly high risks.

Georgia saw heat-related worker deaths in August 2009 and June 2010, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The number of Georgia workers who took days off because of heat-related illnesses and injuries has been declining since 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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