Legislation seeks to protect workers from excessive heat

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Legislation seeks to protect workers from excessive heat
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Legislation seeks to protect workers from excessive heat

When Dr. Doug Girling trains to compete in long-distance running races, he sets an alarm on his watch to go off every half hour to remind him to take a break to rest and hydrate. “A tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of water is a good recipe,” said Girling, co-director of the Emergency Department at Glens Falls Hospital. The same concept applies in preventing heat exhaustion in summer months at workplaces such as farms, commercial and restaurant kitchens and amusement parks. “There’s not too much sort of rocket science in this,” Girling said, speaking about preventing heat exhaustion in general, not the merits of specific legislation. “The planned strategy is really important. That pays dividends at the end of the road or at the end of the shift.” The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest coalition of labor unions, suggests that the potential of heat […]

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