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Business owners must protect workers in high temperatures

Workers operate treatment equipment to clean wastewater from coal ash at a treatment facility outside Dominion Powers Bremo Bluff power plant in Bremo Bluff, Va., Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Business owners must protect outdoor workers from the heat this weekend.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said all employees must have access to water, shade and rest.

Local OSHA director Zach Barnett said acclimatizing workers is also very important, with things like shorter work times and keeping workers in air conditioning when possible.

OSHA’s FREE Heat Safety Tool app can be found here:

It can calculate the heat index for a work-site, and displays a risk level to outdoor workers.

Heat illness can be deadly. Three simple words can mean the difference between life and death; water, rest and shade.

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