The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently (OSHA) launched its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the serious hazards of working in hot weather.

“Heat-related illnesses can be fatal, and employers are responsible for keeping workers safe,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said. “Employers can take a few easy steps to save lives, including scheduling frequent water breaks, providing shade and allowing ample time to rest.”

In 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 heat-related worker illnesses. Workers at particular risk include those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation.

Free educational materials in English and Spanish are available at www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/edresources.html, and a free heat app for mobile devices is available here.