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Campaign promotes water, rest, shade for outdoor workers

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

No doubt our recent heat wave is just a sign of what's to come this summer.

Knowing that extreme heat claims more lives every year than any other type of weather phenomena, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) is leading a statewide initiative on heat in Arizona by raising awareness to those who typically work outside. 

"Our main focus is water, rest and shade," said Jessie Atencio with ADOSH.

Heat-related illness kills, on average, more than 30 workers a year.  Arizona leads the nation in heat-related deaths.  And it's not just construction workers who are at risk.

"It also could be a police officer, it could be a teacher at recess, it could be anybody just doing deliveries," added Atencio.

And if essentials like water, rest and shade are not being provided by employers, employees can file a complaint.

"Anybody in the state of Arizona can make an anonymous complaint or a complaint as a whole," Atencio said.

Besides an educational campaign in both English and Spanish, ADOSH does do routine inspections of various work sites.  If employers are found to be in violation, they do face stiff penalties up to $7,000, depending on the violation.

To file a complaint with ADOSH, call 1-855-268-5251, or click here.

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