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Coping with Severe Heat and Humidity

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
CPM 2011-12
MEMORANDUM FOR: 
Heads Of Executive Departments And Agencies
From: 
John Berry Director
Subject: 
Coping with Severe Heat and Humidity

As we continue to experience record-setting severe heat and humidity this summer, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), reminds Federal agencies to be proactive in protecting the health and well being of our employees.  We should take all available steps to ensure they are protected during potentially dangerous heat waves that are likely to continue throughout this summer, particularly our employees who perform their duties outdoors.

As you consider measures to take for your employees, there are two matters of particular concern.

First, employees need to remain adequately hydrated; providing immediate and ready access to potable drinking water and other liquids will ensure their health and well-being during severe heat and humidity. 

Second, various Federal health authorities and local governments provide information and advice on the best ways to cope with severe heat and dangerous weather conditions to protect ourselves and our families.  The following links to official Federal Government information dealing with heat-related risks may be helpful:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress  - on the website for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services

www.weather.gov/om/heat/ and www.weather.gov/om/heat/heat_wave.shtml - on the website for National Weather Service (NWS), which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html  - on the website for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor

Your continued diligence in ensuring the health and safety of our Federal workforce is much appreciated.

 

cc:        Chief Human Capital Officers

 Human Resources Directors