MMWR News Synopsis for August 7, 2014
Heat Illness and Death Among Workers — United States, 2012‒2013
Frank Meilinger, Director
OSHA Office of Communications
Heat illness prevention programs play an important role in keeping workers safe in workplaces where there is a potential for exposure to heat or hot environments. Employers should understand the basic elements of a heat illness prevention program, including acclimatization requirements. Heat exposure in the workplace continues to place workers at risk for heat-related illness or death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in its fourth year of a national Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Workers to raise awareness and prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities. OSHA’s review of heat-related enforcement cases suggests that the primary risk factor for heat fatalities is the lack of acclimatization programs. Although the core elements of the Campaign, water – rest – shade, remain important, it is recommended that employers have comprehensive programs that include oversight, hazard identification, water, rest, shade, a formal acclimatization program, modified work schedules as necessary, training, monitoring for signs and symptoms, and emergency planning to prevent heat-related fatalities.
Relationship of Income and Health Care Coverage to Use of Recommended Clinical Preventive Services by Adults — United States, 2011–2012
CDC Media Relations
Many Americans don’t receive recommended preventive health services that can improve health and save lives. For three of six preventive services examined, fewer than half of the people recommended to receive a service actually got it. People with health insurance are up to three times as likely to get needed preventive care compared to those without insurance. However, even many of those with insurance didn’t receive recommended preventive services. By expanding access to insurance and requiring many plans to cover recommended clinical preventive services, the Affordable Care Act can reduce barriers to receipt of recommended preventive care.