As the threat of dangerous heat exposure increases with each passing summer, the U.S. Labor Department is using a tried and true method to increase awareness of the hazards posed to workers who toil in the summer sun by holding a contest.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the launch of a nationwide competition for stakeholders in all industries to share their best tools and other resources for informing workers about the dangers of heat exposure in indoor and outdoor workplaces.
OSHA’s “Beat the Heat” contest seeks to educate workers and employers about workplace heat hazards, raise industry and general public awareness of the dangers excessive heat presents to workers, and motivate employers and workers to act to prevent heat illness.
Open to stakeholders in all industries, the competition will be judged by a panel of subject matter experts in OSHA and other federal agencies. The panel will choose winners based on the following factors:
- Best non-English language entry
- Indoor heat emphasis
- Strength of message
- Young worker emphasis
All submissions must be received by June 9, 2023.
The government said winning submissions will be displayed on OSHA’s website and featured in the agency’s QuickTakes and The Heat Source newsletters. Winners will also receive a letter of appreciation from OSHA Assistant Secretary Doug Parker Coin and a congratulatory certificate.