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Oregon OSHA - 350 Winter Street NE Room 430 - Salem, Oregon 97301-3882


Working Safely in the Heat - Audio files
July 12, 2005


NEWS RELEASE: Working Safely in the Heat


Audio files:
Audio files are presented in MP3 format. Right click (or click and hold for Macintosh) on the audio link to save file to disk.


Kevin Weeks is the public information officer for the DCBS Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA)


Audio 01


"Heat stress should be treated as a medical emergency, but what's just as vital is making sure that you're preventing heat from becoming an issue at the workplace." (:09) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
audio file 132k


Audio 02


"Workers on construction sites appear to be at a greater risk for heat illnesses due to the heavy exertion they're performing during their work, enclosed operator cabs that may have either poor air circulation or no air conditioning to offset the heat problems; and prolonged exposure to the sun." (:18) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
audio file 279k


Audio 03


"Make sure you're performing the heaviest, most labor-intensive work during the coolest part of the day - which is going to be the morning, you want to make sure you're using the buddy system to help monitor how the heat is affecting people, and then also drink plenty of cool water - we're talking about one small cup about every fifteen to twenty minutes." (:18) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
audio file 273k


Audio 04


"Making smart choices about your beverage and food options is critical during a heat stress situation; you'll want to avoid eating large meals before you're going to be working in a hot work environment, and also avoid caffeine and alcohol use because those beverages make the body lose water and increase the risk of heat illness occurring." (:21) Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA public information officer
audio file 324k


For additional information:
Kevin Weeks, Oregon OSHA
(503) 947-7428