The Dog Days of Summer

Submitted by Michael France, NATA Director of Safety and Training

With the 4th of July behind us, it is probably fair to say that we have entered into the dog days of summer. From now to Labor Day we will experience some of the hottest, most humid weather conditions most of us will see all year. Are you prepared to help your team operate at a level that maintains safety and the level of service your customers expect? Heat and humidity can quickly sap energy and focus from even the most experienced and conscientious line service professional. However, there are things you can do to help your team stay at a peak level of performance throughout a long summer.

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has established the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. This series of webpages contains educational information and resources managers and supervisors can use to help keep their teams functioning efficiently during these hot and humid days. Some of the information available includes:

  • The Educational Resources section links to information about heat illnesses and how to prevent them. Many of these resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy.
  • The Using the Heat Index section provides guidance to employers to develop a heat illness prevention plan.
  • The Training section includes a guide/lesson plan for employers and others to use in instructing workers on heat illness. There are links to additional resources in other languages.
  • The Online Toolkit section includes news releases, public service announcements (PSAs), drop-in articles about heat illness prevention that you can customize to share and campaign artwork.

You can visit OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers webpage at :

Don’t forget; while we might be fighting off the dog days of summer, it won’t be long and we will be prepping those de-ice trucks for Old Man Winter!

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