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June 2015

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Jocelyn Salinas: Girl Power Jocelyn CROPPED

At 19 years old, most people have no idea what they’ll do for a career. Meet one young lady who, thanks to registered apprenticeship, is fitting in with the boys, holding her own, and giving meaning to the phrase “girl power.”

 

 

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Pam Brock: Searching in the Shadows

With a full-time job at the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Pam Brock takes time and spends her own money to help people. In rivers and woods, creeks and streams, she searches in the shadows, without seeking an ounce of fame.

 

Standdown AUBURN picStand-Down for Safety

Members of the Labor Cabinet travelled across Kentucky to take the message of fall protection straight to the construction industry. Watch the news coverage from one event in Auburn, Kentucky.

YouTubeScreenShotGrayson County: Making Sense with Apprenticeship

A company had a problem and so did a school, and when they worked together — it paid off for the whole community. Watch the quick video and read the full story.

 

ComingUpPICComing Soon: Employee Day

Last year’s event was a success, but heat and a pop-up shower made for a change of venue this year. This year it’s on July 23 at Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church. There will be food and some valuable information on staying healthy. Click here for details.

 

waterRESTshadegraphicStaying Cool: Water, Rest and Shade

The summer heat is cranking at full speed in the Bluegrass, and sometimes workers can be left out to dry. This is a crucial time of year to remember the keys to staying safe in hot weather.

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WP_20150507_002Make it Home Safe

Another Governor’s Safety and Health Conference is in the books. Read why the annual event drew hundreds of safety experts from all over Kentucky.

 

CarharttMadisonvilleAwardPICCarhartt: Putting Safety on the Front Page

Newspaper reporters snapped pictures and employees shook hands during a celebration of more than eight years without a lost-time incident. See why Carhartt in Madisonville made front page news for their dedication to safety.

S&G NicholasvilleSafe and Secure: Sargent & Greenleaf

A Nicholasville company does business by keeping valuable items safe and secure, but it also prides itself for making sure its employees are safe, too. Read about a company that has been in business since before the Civil War.

 

 

Nicholasville Lock Maker Secures Governor’s Safety and Health Award

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S&G NicholasvilleSargent and Greenleaf employees work more than 350,000 hours without an incident

 NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (June 17, 2015) – Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet  joined company officials from Sargent and Greenleaf in Nicholasville to recognize employees for earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The mechanical and electronic lock manufacturing facility has not had a lost-time injury or illness in more than 350,000 work hours.

Kentucky Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts said the employees deserve tremendous recognition.

“This is a company with a rich history, dating back to the mid-19th century,” said Secretary Roberts. “Safety and health are crucial for everyone’s success, and Sargent and Greenleaf understands that workers are more important than any other asset.”

Established in New York in 1857, Sargent and Greenleaf is a world leader in medium and high security locks and locking systems for safes and vaults. Since 1974, the company has been headquartered in Nicholasville — where it has 120 employees, 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 22,000 square feet of offices. Now a subsidiary of STANLEY Security Solutions, the company also serves European and other international customers from a facility in Switzerland. WP_20150617_001

“On behalf of S&G, we are honored to be recognized by receiving the Governor’s Safety and Health award,” said Brian Leary, chief operating officer. “Achieving this milestone happens only from the daily commitment of our employees in prioritizing safety while continuing our reputation of quality and innovation.”

The Nicholasville facility’s last lost-time injury happened in February 2014, when a worker slipped on a patch of ice in the parking lot. If not for that fall, the facility would have more than 1.1 million hours without a lost-time incident. Thankfully, the injury was not serious and the worker made a full recovery, missing only one day of work.

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees. In the case of Sargent and Greenleaf, the requirement is 250,000.

Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.

The award is a certificate mounted on a wooden plaque. The certificate contains the signatures of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Secretary Roberts and Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Anthony Russell.

The Governor’s Safety and Health Award program is part of Gov. Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow last year as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidents and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.

For more on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, and for a list of past winners, click here.

For more on Sargent and Greenleaf, visit www.sargentandgreenleaf.com.

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Carhartt’s Madisonville Cutting Facility Earns Governor’s Safety and Health Award

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Clothing factory has worked more than 8 1/2 years without a lost-time incident

Click here to read the front page story in the Messenger, courtesy the Madisonville Hopkins County Economic Development Corp.

CarharttMadisonvilleAwardPICMADISONVILLE, Ky. (April 23, 2015) – Deputy Secretary Rocky Comito of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet joined company officials from Carhartt in Madisonville to recognize employees for earning the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The clothing manufacturer’s cutting facility has not had a lost-time incident in more than 603,700 work hours, going back to 2006.

Kentucky Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts praised everyone involved with the facility.

“The workers at Carhartt should be extremely happy about this accomplishment,” said Secretary Roberts. “On average, there are about 16,000 lost-time injuries at workplaces in Kentucky each year. So, to go more than eight years without a lost-time incident is outstanding, and it shows this facility’s dedication to safety.”

Carhartt manufactures apparel for workers on and off the job. Established in 1889, the company is family-owned. Carhartt employs more than 2,000 people in Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee, including 900 union members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The UFCW Local 227 represents the workers at the Madisonville facility.

Carhartt’s cutting facility in Madisonville has been in operation since 1989, and currently has approximately 50 employees. Carhartt operates three other facilities in Kentucky, including a sewing facility in Edmonton, a distribution center in Hanson, and a supply chain operations center and sewing facility in Irvine.

“We’d like to recognize our associates’ commitment to Carhartt’s safety and compliance programs,” said William Hardy, senior vice president of supply chain at Carhartt. “Eight and a half years without a lost-time incident is a significant accomplishment that makes us extremely proud. The well-being of our associates is our top priority. At Carhartt, a safe working environment is part of our company’s culture.”

“I’m proud of our members working together at Carhartt to create a safe workplace,” said Bob Blair, president UFCW Local 227. “A safe worksite helps everyone involved, from the productivity of the company to the morale of the workers, and that is the case here.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award in recognition of outstanding safety and health performance. An establishment may qualify for the award if its employees together achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees. In the case of Carhartt’s Madisonville facility, the requirement is 250,000.

Every establishment within the geographical boundaries of Kentucky is eligible, even if the establishment won the award the previous year. Eligibility is limited to one award during a 12-month period of time.

The award is a certificate mounted on a wooden plaque. The certificate contains the signatures of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Secretary Roberts and Department of Workplace Standards Commissioner Anthony Russell.

The Governor’s Safety and Health Award program is part of Gov. Beshear’s efforts to improve the health of all Kentuckians. The Governor launched kyhealthnow last year as an aggressive and wide-ranging initiative to reduce incidents and deaths from Kentucky’s dismal health rankings and habits. It builds on Kentucky’s successful implementation of health care reform and uses multiple strategies over the next several years to improve the state’s collective health.

For more on the Governor’s Safety and Health Award, and for a list of past winners, click here.

For more on Carhartt, visit www.carhartt.com.

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VIDEO from WBKO: Stand-down educates workers on fall safety

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 Labor Cabinet and Construction Companies Join National Safety Stand-Down on May 4-15

Workplace falls kill an average of six Kentuckians each year, seriously injure 4,000

In May, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet joined the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which was designed to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls. The stand-down was a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about protection against falls. Some of the companies that participated included Aristeo; Dürr; Gray; Scott, Murphy & Daniel; and Walbridge.

“When you look at the statistics, you see the numbers — but you don’t see the pain and suffering from all the friends and family members of each of these working people,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts. “Thousands of Kentuckians are getting seriously hurt in falls every year, and that’s why every worker should be aware of the importance of fall prevention.”

Combining all industries, about six Kentucky workers die each year from workplace falls. On average, 4,085 workers are injured each year in workplace falls that result in days away from work.

Falls are the most common fatal hazard in the construction industry, accounting for approximately half the construction deaths in Kentucky. Of the 26 construction workers who died on the job in Kentucky from 2012-2014, 15 were because of falls.

The Labor Cabinet is working in conjunction with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s efforts to raise awareness for fall prevention. Each year in the United States, falls kill more than 200 construction workers and seriously injure 10,000 more.

For information on the national initiative, visit www.osha.gov/stopfalls. For more details on fall prevention, please visit www.stopconstructionfalls.com.

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Pam Brock: Searching in the Shadows

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Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Glenn Hartong
Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Glenn Hartong

Pam Brock patted her black German Shepherd, Buck, on his big head, and his large, triangular ears pinned back and perked up after the caress of her hand. His kind, chocolate brown eyes looked at her for a moment and his pink tongue flicked out and quickly disappeared. He knew this was a grave moment, and he was a serious dog by nature, anyway.

It was January 1998, and the morning air was cold. Pam and Buck rode in a small boat with two police officers, and a white fog clung to the dark, choppy water of the Ohio River.

The sun was peaking just above the horizon. An orange glow filled the clouds under a canopy of a light blue sky. All was quiet, except for the sound of the boat cutting through the water. Police had stopped all traffic on the bridge and halted a train on the tracks nearby.

In the dim light, rays of sunlight burned through the tiny particles of ice that hung in the mist. The beams flickered on Buck’s orange high-visibility vest, emblazoned with the words “Search Dog” on the sides.

Earlier that morning, in the pre-dawn hours of his overnight shift, a young Covington police officer, Mike Partin, ran toward the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge. He was running to help another officer who was chasing a manslaughter suspect. A concrete barrier protected a gap between the road and the bridge’s walkway, but running at full stride in the darkness, he didn’t see the break. He leapt over the barrier and fell nearly a hundred feet into the icy water.

Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Patrick Reddy
Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Patrick Reddy

The 25-year-old officer had been married only nine months earlier. A body can sink 20 feet in less than a minute, and with 20 pounds of gear, including a protective vest, gun belt and other equipment, Mike Partin might never be seen again.

Pam Brock fell in love with dogs when she was six and had a boxer named Boots. As an adult, her first German Shepherd, Buddy, made a light go off in her head.

“He was so smart,” she says. “He taught me so many things. I wanted to help people with such a smart dog.”

Pam put herself and another German Shepherd, Chief, through extensive training to become a certified search and rescue team. The job isn’t easy, it’s on a voluntary basis, and it demands a lot of time and effort.

“It takes about a year of training for the dog, but it takes even longer to train the person.”

By 1989, she was one of only about 10 such teams in Kentucky.

Her first mission was in Jackson County, on the North Fork of the Kentucky River. A man had gone swimming with his dog, and only the dog came back. A massive search was underway, and the authorities needed help. They called Pam’s search dog association, which notified her.

Pam and Chief, along with a fellow searcher, Patty Petzinger and her German Shepherd named Blue, made the two-hour drive from Owen County and arrived at the search area in the early evening. With police and firefighters nearby, they walked along the river’s banks, through the weeds, rocks and mud. After about only 15 minutes, Chief stopped by a small stream and held his nose up, waved it in the air, and pawed the ground. Pam knew that was the signal. The authorities recovered the man’s body.

“Maybe it helps the family come to a closing,” says Pam. “When somebody drowns, they want you to look everywhere…”

Pam and Chief went on dozens of missions. In some cases, they helped find drowning victims (she is quick to say that she’s never found a drowning victim who was wearing a life vest). In other cases, they found children who had wandered off in the woods (they always walk farther than people think, she will tell you). But after several years, Chief’s time came. A dog’s life is too short, maybe 13 years for a German Shepherd.

Chief’s son, Buck, took his turn as Pam’s search dog. Like his daddy, Buck excelled. He helped find two boys who ran away from home in Owen County. He went

Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Keating
Courtesy: Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Keating

with Pam to Falmouth in the spring of 1997. One of the worst floods in a century had swamped the area, killing four people in the small town and 29 overall in a five-state area. The Licking River filled the entire town of Falmouth, which looked like a brown, murky lake with only rooftops and church steeples sticking out.

After the water receded, Pam and her friend Patty each took their dogs to the tragic scene.

Four people were missing, including a 14-year-old girl. Much of the area had no running water and no electricity. Homes had caved-in ceilings and missing decks and porches. Windows were busted out, and inches of thick mud covered floors and walls.

Pam and Buck and other rescue teams used boats and plodded through the muck to search for victims. They found four bodies: an elderly woman in her home, as well as a man, a woman and a 14-year-old girl — all pulled from two trailers.

“It was awful,” says Pam. Patty’s dog, Blue, became sick and died from toxins in the water seeping through the pads on his paws. Pam and Buck made it out okay.

The job is tough for Pam. She doesn’t get paid a dime for her efforts, and she has to take off time from work, pay for training, travel and hotel expenses. It’s tough on her dog, too. Buck started acting depressed after missions. Rescuing people lost in the woods is a happy, joyful experience, but finding dead people can take a real toll on a dog, especially when it involves a child.

When Pam’s son was about 10 years old, Buck would play with him on the farm. Like any boy and dog combination, they were a pair with a special bond. Then Pam got a call that she needed to go to the Kentucky River near Carrollton. A boy had been boating with neighbors and fell into the water. Pam got her stuff and they went.

At the scene, Pam and Buck went with a volunteer firefighter in a boat. Like always, Buck had no idea who they were trying to find. With his amazing sense of smell, he could distinguish the scent of the humans around him with another, separate, human scent. Scientists estimate a dog’s sense of smell at about 10,000 times better than a human. In some studies, the estimate is more like 100,000 times greater. According to Nova, the educational television series, dogs like Buck can detect one rotten apple in two million barrels.

After a very short while, Buck hit the side of the boat with his paw.

“He lay down in the boat and wouldn’t get up,” says Pam.

Buck knew. Somehow, he could tell that the human scent deep under the boat belonged to a little boy, a boy the same age as his boy, Pam’s son. When tears fall and sadness grips your heart, it is a normal, human emotion. Pam felt it. Buck felt it, too. It was the last time Pam would take him on such a mission.

Pam is the statistical services branch manager at the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. She gathers injury and illness data for the educational and training division, so that the Labor Cabinet can identify the greatest risks and hazards facing workers. Each year, Pam tallies up about 16,000 workplace injuries that result in at least a day’s lost-time for workers in Kentucky. Thanks to her information, the safety experts at the Labor Cabinet know in which areas they should spend most of their limited resources and time. For example, more than 4,000 injuries a year in Kentucky are the result of slips, trips and falls. The Cabinet does an annual fall campaign to educate employers and employees on how to avoid such hazards.

Through her job at the Labor Cabinet, she is helping keep workers safe. She is helping make Kentucky better. In her role as a searcher, she is helping people, too, and she’s not making money or getting extra attention.

“There’s no fame to it,” she says. “It’s good to know you’ve helped somebody.”

Luck and Pam Brock's grandson, Brayden
Luck and Pam Brock’s grandson, Brayden

Pam’s days of searching are almost over. Her current dog is Buck’s son, a black and beige German Shepherd named Luck.

“Luck is a happy dog.”

He has his dad’s and his granddaddy’s skills, too. Pam took him to a 20-acre hayfield where she had hidden a few strands of a woman’s hair. Luck had never smelled the hair before. Basically, he needed to find a needle in a haystack that covered an area of more than 870,000 square feet.

“It was unreal,” says Pam. “Luck hit on it big time. It took just a few minutes.”

Luck is already 10 years old now, and Pam says they’re both slowing down. “We can’t get up those hills as much anymore,” she says.

Twice this year, Pam and Luck have responded to search missions. They searched for an elderly man who was found after he’d gotten lost in the woods looking for ginseng. They found a 9-year-old girl who had been lost in Eagle Valley Camping Resort. She was alive and well.

“Most of the time there are happy endings,” she says.

Even if the ending isn’t happy, it brings a great comfort to family members. Pam had been part of what turned out to be a four-month search for the body of Officer Partin. More than 1,000 people stood in line at Taylor Mill Funeral Home, all paying their respects. Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered from all over Kentucky and from other parts of the country to pay tribute. They wore a black strip of cloth over their badges. The funeral was at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Anderson Township, where he and his wife had been married in April 1997.

A huge crowd of civilians gathered outside the church, and closed circuit television broadcast the funeral. Everyone watched in silence when Partin’s widow stood up, wiped tears from her face, and approached the flag-draped casket. She leaned down and appeared to give the casket a kiss, and with that she was able to say goodbye.

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If you’d like to learn more about search dogs, or would be interested in becoming a volunteer, call Pam Brock at 502-484-3009.

 

 

Kentucky Labor Cabinet Urges Employers and Employees to Use Caution in Hot Weather

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An average of more than 100 workers are injured each year in Kentucky due to heat-related illness

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Labor Cabinet wants to remind all employers and employees that high temperatures and humidity can have devastating effects if workers do not take proper precautions and procedures.

 

“Hot weather can make for dangerous conditions both outdoors and inside,” said Labor Secretary Larry L. Roberts. “In many cases, precautions such as water, rest and shade can be the difference between life and death for workers.”

 

Heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports kills an average of 30 workers each year in the United States. Each year in Kentucky, an average of 106 workers suffer heat-related injuries that result in days away from work. Three workers have died from heat stroke in Kentucky in the past four years.

 

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses

 

Labor-intensive activities in hot weather can raise body temperatures beyond the level that normally can be cooled by sweating. Heat illness can begin as heat rash or heat cramps, and quickly can become heat exhaustion and even heat stroke if simple prevention steps are not followed.

 

Heat exhaustion has symptoms of headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst or heavy sweating. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which includes symptoms of fainting, seizures and confusion. Often, it is difficult for workers to recognize that they are experiencing these symptoms, so it is important for co-workers to be aware of each other’s actions and behavior. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention.

 

Water, rest and shade

 

Workers can take various measures to combat heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They should consume small amounts of water frequently. Drinking water every 15 minutes, even if not thirsty, is important.

 

Employers should allow workers frequent rest breaks, especially during the first day and initial week of work. Workers must be acclimatized, which requires a gradual increase in workload and routine rest periods while the body can build a stronger tolerance to hot conditions.

 

Shade is important to help workers cool down outdoors. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

The heat index

 

The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration developed the heat index system, which combines both air temperature and relative humidity into a single value that indicates how hot the weather will feel. The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for workers.

Heat Index Chart

When the heat index is near 91 degrees, workers should be cautioned. When the heat index is between 91 and 103 degrees, the risk level is at the moderate stage, and employers should implement precautions and heighten awareness. At 103 to 115 degrees, the risk level is high, and additional precautions should be taken to ensure worker safety.  At greater than 115 degrees, the risk is very high to extreme, and more aggressive protective measures are required, such as rescheduling all non-essential outdoor work, setting up clear drinking and work/rest schedules and conducting physiological monitoring of employees.

 

The heat index value is how hot the weather feels. For example, the actual temperature could be 88 degrees, but at 85 percent relative humidity, the result would be 110 degrees on the heat index chart.

 

The Labor Cabinet offers free online training about heat stress and other topics at www.laborcabinetetrain.ky.gov.

 

The Labor Cabinet is working in conjunction with the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) campaign to raise awareness about heat-related illnesses. To learn more, visit www.osha.gov or click here. An OSHA smartphone mobile app is available that calculates heat index for locations and provides guidance to prevent illness.

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Tomar precauciones durante el clima caluroso

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Spanish Water Rest ShadeEn Kentucky un promedio de más de 100 trabajadores se enferman cada año debido a las reacciones por el calor.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 22, 2015) – El Gabinete de trabajo de Kentucky les hace un recordatorio a todos los empleadores y empleados que las temperaturas altas y la humedad puede causar efectos devastadores si los trabajadores no toman las precauciones y procediemientos adecuados.

“Las temperaturas calientes  puede causar condiciones peligrosas tanto trabajando adentro como afuera” dice el Secretario de Trabajo Larry L. Roberts. “En muchas casos tomar  precauciones  como tomar agua, descansos y sombras puede hacer la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte para los trabajadores.”

El agotamiento por el calor puede convertirse en infarto de insolación, por el cual la Oficina de Estadísticas Laborales reporta que un promedio de 300 trabajadores mueren cada año en los Estados Unidos. En Kentucky cada año un promedio de 106 trabajadores sufren lesiones relacionadas por el clima caliente resultando en días fuera del trabajo. Tres trabajadores han muerto en los últimos cuatro en Kentucky, por infarto debido al calor.

Los síntomas de las enfermedades relacionadas con el calor

Las actividades de trabajo intensivo en clima caluroso pueden elevar la temperatura del cuerpo más allá del nivel que normalmente puede ser enfriado por medio del sudor. Las  enfermedades por el calor pueden empezar como: escozor en el cuerpo  o calambres que rápidamente pueden convertirse en agotamiento y  quizá hasta en un infarto por insolación, si no se siguen medidas simples de prevención.

El agotamiento por el calor tiene síntomas como dolor de cabeza, náuseas, mareos, debilidad sed o sudor intenso. El agotamiento por el calor puede causar un infarto por insolación, que incluye síntomas de desmayos, convulsiones y confusión. A menudo, es difícil para los trabajadores de reconocer que están experimentando esos síntomas, por eso mismo es importante que los compañeros de trabajo estén al tanto de las acciones y comportamiento de los demás. Un infarto por insolación requiere atención médica inmediata.

Agua, descanso y sombra

Los trabajadores pueden tomar varias medidas para combatir el agotamiento por el calor así como los infartos por insolación. Ellos deben consumir pequeñas cantidades de agua con frecuencia. Tomar agua cada 15 minutes, incluso si no se tiene sed, es importante.

Los empleadores deben de permitir a los trabajadores con frecuentes descansos, especialmente el primer día y la primera semana de trabajo. Los trabajadores deben aclimatarse, el cual requiere aumentos graduales de trabajo y descansos rutinarios mientras el cuerpo comienza a adaptar tolerancia más fuerte a las condiciones calientes.

Contar con sombra es importante para ayudar a los trabajadores para refrescarse estando afuera. Estar expuesto a pleno sol puede aumentar el calor a un índice de por lo menos de 15 grados Fahrenheit.

El índice del calor

La Administración Oceanográfica y la Administración Atmosférica de Estados Unidos desarrollaron el sistema índice de calor que combina tanto la temperatura del aire y la humedad relativa en un solo valor que indica que tan caliente se sentirá. El índice del calor se puede utilizar para ayudar a determinar el riesgo de enfermedad por el calor en los trabajadores.

Heat Index Risk Level Protective Measures
Menos de 91°F Precaución (baja) Planificación básica de seguridad para el calor
91°F to 103°F Moderado Implementar precauciones y crear concientización
103°F to 115°F Alto Precauciones adicionales de protección
Greater than 115°F Muy Alto al extremo Aumentar medidas de protección de mayor esfuerzo

 

Cuando el índice del calor está cerca de los 91 grados, los trabajadores deben ser advertidos. Al igual que cuando el índice de calor está entre los 91 y los 103 grados, el nivel de riesgo se encuentra en un estado moderado y los empleadores deben implementar precauciones y crear concientización. Temperaturas de entre 103 y los 115 grados, el nivel de riesgo es alto y se deben tomar precauciones adicionales para asegurarse de la seguridad de los trabajadores. Cuando la temperatura es mayor de 115 grados el riesgo es muy alto y extremoso y se requieren medidas de protección más agresivas, tales como la reprogramación de todo el trabajo no esencial afuera, tener agua limpia para consumir/tiempos de descansos y conducir monitoreo físico de los empleados.

El valor del índice del calor es de como la temperatura se siente. Por ejemplo, la temperatura actual puede estar a 88 grados pero con una humedad relativa del 85 por ciento, el resultado sería a 110 grados en la tabla de índice del calor.

El Gabinete de Trabajo ofrece adiestramiento gratis por medio de internet acerca del estrés por el calor y otros temas. Visítenos en la página web alwww.laborcabinetetrain.ky.gov.

El Gabinete de Trabajo en conjunción con la Oficina Federal de OSHA, llevan al alcance esta campaña de concientización acerca de las enfermedades por el calor. Si gusta saber más visite a www.osha.gov . También se encuentra disponible una aplicación en teléfono móvil donde se calcula el índice del calor, contiene información y guías de prevención

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