OSHA Provides Safety Info In Two Languages

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Language barriers to understanding the dangers of extreme weather conditions for Spanish-speaking workers are beginning to be removed.

OSHA recently released two versions, English and Spanish, of its Heat Stress and Cold Stress cards. The Spanish version will allow many workers, especially those in construction and agriculture, to be educated about the dangers weather conditions produce and how to avoid associated injuries, OSHA Administrator Charles N. Jeffress said.

Each card lists signs and symptoms critical to preventing weather-related injuries and illnesses, and identify first-aid techniques designed to reduce the effects of these injury types.

Both versions of the cards are free through OSHA's Publications Office at (202)693-1888 or by fax at (202)693-2498. Copies also are available on OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov/. The publication numbers are 3154 for Heat Stress Card (English), 3155 for Heat Stress Card (Spanish), 3156 for Cold Stress Card (English) and 3158 for Cold Stress Card (Spanish).

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