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Be aware of heat stress at work

Many employees in Pennsylvania endure difficult or stressful working conditions for one reason or another. Some jobs simply come with hazards, but this does not mean that you should feel unsafe in your place of work. Your employer is obliged to provide you with training in managing these hazards and the necessary safety equipment to protect you from harm. Unfortunately, countless workers are still injured or made ill by their working conditions every year.

If you feel like your work is affecting your health, it is important to report it as soon as possible. Your employer may be able to make adjustments to improve the situation. Equally, if you feel that the problem is not being dealt with efficiently or appropriately, you could contact OSHA. As this article on employee rights explains, even illnesses such as heat stress are covered by OSHA's guidelines.

For example, if you work in a job where you are exposed to high temperatures for prolonged periods, your employer should ensure you have enough chances to rest, and access to air conditioning or shade, along with water, during your breaks. You should also be trained in recognizing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and be provided with immediate medical assistance if such symptoms are detected.

If you have developed a work-related illness or you have an existing condition that has been made worse by doing your job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation. An attorney can evaluate your case and may be able to advise you about the best course of action to take. He or she might also be able to support you if you decide to pursue a claim.

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