April 20, 2023

OSHA Contest Seeks New Heat Awareness Tools

OSHA has launched a new competition to encourage stakeholders in all industries to submit their best tools and resources for informing workers about the dangers of heat exposure in both indoor and outdoor workplaces. The goals of the agency’s “Beat the Heat” contest include educating workers and employers about occupational heat hazards, raising public awareness of heat hazards faced by workers, and motivating employers and workers to act to prevent heat illness. Awareness tools submitted to the contest may take many forms; for example, OSHA will accept submissions for which participants create an infographic, propose a social media toolkit, build a phone app, develop a training curriculum, make an informational video, or generate a podcast. Winning submissions will be chosen in the categories of most innovative, most creative, strongest message, best non-English submission, highlighting indoor heat hazards, and emphasis on young workers.

The contest will close on June 9, 2023. Further information regarding eligibility, judging, prizes, and terms and conditions can be found on the Beat the Heat page.

Related: Previous Synergist articles cover how to reduce heat burden from PPE and other factors, critical factors for heat stress assessment and prevention, and wearable sensors for heat stress management.