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OSHA Releases New Warnings to Protect Workers from Dangers of Lasers and Summer Heat

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released two different warnings concerning worker safety. In one release, OSHA renewed its relationship with the Laser Institute of America to help prevent worker exposure to laser beams in industrial work environments, medical industries, and research.

The Alliance between the two organizations will provide information on safety standards and regulations for laser use, the effects of lasers on skin and eyes, and laser control measures. The Institute notes laser beams can cause damage to eyes and skin, including blindness and skin cancer. Fact sheets will also be available as part of the two year agreement.

OSHA has also release another partnership between their organization and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to encourage safety for workers who do their jobs in the outdoor heat of summer. A webpage constructed on OSHA’s website provides specific information about heat illness and training tools for employers at worksites when facing high outdoor temperatures. The site also features weather alerts to indicate when heat alerts are in effect.

Both workplace dangers are realities for workers in various industries. OSHA offers the free resources for workers and employers to utilize in the workplace on these topics as well as a number of other safety and hazardous risks.

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