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ENMT322 Occupational Health and Safety
Week 4 Discussion
DQ1 COVID-19 and protecting workersContains unread posts
Many of the occupational safety and health professionals are experiencing how COVID-19 (and pandemics) can have a serious impact on the economy and affect worker safety.   Using your knowledge of government agencies, what resources or policies are available for employers?   From an employee standpoint, what has been your experience?  Have employers followed established guidelines?  What recommendations would you make as an occupational safety and health professional?  Are there different guidelines for occupational exposure for health care professionals versus non-occupational workers (i.e. retail or food industry).  Should there be?
Bear in mind, that the General Duty Clause requires employers to furnish to each worker “employment and a place of employment, which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.”  
DQ2 Heat Stress Evaluation – Case Studies
Here are three cases where workers suffered irreversible damage or death due to heat stress.  Select one of the following case studies and explain what steps you would have taken taken to avoid the casualty.  Remember, you are the safety professional on the job and so your explanation should be from a first person standpoint.  Cite your references and be as thorough as possible.
Case #1: Roofing worker
In July, a 42-year-old man started a new job as a roofer. His employer did not have a formal plan to protect new workers from heat-related illness although there was plentiful water, ice, and Gatorade available at the site. The worker felt fine during his first two days of work. His third day on the job was slightly warmer, with a high temperature of about 86°F and relative humidity of 57%, for a heat index of 90°F. In the afternoon, the worker told his co-workers he felt hot and sick. He climbed down from the roof and went to sit by himself in the sun. When his co-workers checked on him a few minutes later, he had symptoms of heat stroke. He was taken to a hospital where he died.  Scattered clouds may have reduced the radiant temperature somewhat but reconstruction showed a wet-bulb globe temperature of 82°F based on data from a nearby airport.
Case #2: Delivery worker
A 50-year-old man had been working at a delivery company for six years. His job involved driving a vehicle and walking in residential neighborhoods to deliver mail and packages. In late May, the weather suddenly became hotter. On the second day of hot weather, this worker developed heat cramps and heat exhaustion. He was hospitalized for two days with acute kidney failure due to dehydration. His condition improved after intravenous fluid replacement.
Case #3: Foundry worker A 35-year-old employee had worked at a foundry for six years. The indoor workplace had high levels of environmental heat from ovens and molten metal. His normal job tasks were in a cooler area of the building. On the day of the incident, he was asked to perform a job in a hotter environment near an oven. He wore heavy protective clothing to prevent skin burns. After several hours of work, the man collapsed and died of heat stroke.


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