May 24, 2013
Contact: Melissa Barker
New Mexico Occupational Health & Safety Bureau
Albuquerque — The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (NM OSHA) has teamed up with several New Mexico Oil and Gas industry groups to reduce the number of heat-related illnesses at worksites. The Heat Illness Prevention Initiative is a cooperative effort that includes NM OSHA, the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association (NMOGA), Four Corners Safety Network, and the Southeast New Mexico Service, Transmission, Exploration and Production Safety Network.
The goal of the Heat Illness Prevention Initiative will be to provide training on how to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths within the state and to raise awareness to employers and employees about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather.
“Remember three simple words when working outdoors: Water, Rest and Shade,” said Harry Buysse, NM OSHA Consultation Program Manager. “Drinking water often, taking breaks, and limiting time in the heat can help prevent heat illness.”
The following training materials are available:
“Heat illness can be a matter of life and death,” said Wally Drangmeister, NMOGA Communication Director. “People throughout the country die from heat stroke every summer and every death is preventable.”
“The same information that companies can use to train their employees is also great advice for all New Mexicans as the weather starts to heat up,” says Mr. Buysse, “Our goal is for every worker and every New Mexican to make it through the heat of the summer safely.”