New Mexico is known for its hot and dry climate, and those who spend a significant amount of time outdoors for work, like oil and gas workers and seasonal and migrant farmworkers, are at a high risk of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses. Such illnesses can lead to death, and these deaths are preventable.
Help New Mexico is working with the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (OSHA) and various oil and gas industry groups to disseminate information on the risks associated with these illnesses. They’re also providing trainings to those in targeted industries, such as the ones listed above.
When employers know about the risks associated with long days spent outdoors in the heat, their employees have better access to the key preventative measures that prevent heat-based illnesses: water, rest and shade.
Heat isn’t harmless. For more information on how to raise awareness in your community or among your employees, these training materials are available for free download: