Coastal Connections supports and adds resources to campaign for prevention of heat-related illnesses launched by US Labor Department

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"Water. Rest. Shade" and acclimatization are critical in preventing heat illness and fatalities.

Coastal Connections and Coastal Medical Staffing, in support of The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has announced the launch of a campaign to prevent heat illness in outdoor workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA's campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards. Workers at particular risk are those in outdoor industries, such as agriculture, construction, landscaping and transportation.

"Heat-related illnesses can be fatal, and employers are responsible for keeping workers safe," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "Employers can take a few easy steps to save lives, including scheduling frequent water breaks, providing shade and allowing ample time to rest."

“We value our outdoor workers and our clients that retain us to provide quality work force,” said Coastal Connections and Coastal Medical Staffing President, Kevin Kowal. “Through education we believe we can help to avoid serious heat related illness by understanding the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of heat illness.”

Coastal Connections and Coastal Medical Staffing will be distributing OSHA Quick Cards titled Protecting Workers from Heat Stress to all of their employees and Worksite Campaign Posters to all of their clients. Campaign media resources will also be distributed through Coastal Connection’s social media assets reaching thousands.

“The more people we can educate to the dangers and treatment of heat-related illness, the better our communities and people we serve will be. We believe in the US Department of Labor’s campaign slogan: Water. Rest. Shade. The work can’t get done without them,” states Kowal.

One of the newest solutions to the education of heat-related illness is the OSHA Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App. “All of our corporate employees utilize the app and we encourage our workers and clients to download it as well,” states Kowal. The app can be downloaded from the US Department of Labor web site or click here:

“We found all of the content provided by the US Department of Labor and OSHA to be relevant for our company, employees, and clients and are happy to provide and distribute it to those who may not be aware of it,” states Kowal.

About Coastal Connections and its subsidiaries: Coastal Employment and Coastal Medical Staffing is a leading provider of workforce solutions. Coastal Connections is a leading staffing and consulting services firm providing temporary, contract, just-in-time labor, and direct hire placement serving the Low Country and Coastal Empire regions since 2002. Coastal Connections has offices in Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA. Coastal Connections is a member of Temp Net, An International Network of Independent Staffing Firms.

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