OPM warns employees to take care during the extreme heat wave

The Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued warnings to federal employees about the health dangers presented by extreme heat—and are providing advice on how to manage the tough weather.

OPM and HHS “have teamed up to remind all of us, including agencies and employees across government about what they can do to protect all federal workers during potentially dangerous heat waves,” OPM’s Director Beth Cobert wrote in a post on her official blog. “Regardless of where we work, we can all follow some basic common-sense practices as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible; wear lightweight, light-colored clothing; drink more water than usual, and check for extreme heat alerts.”

The blog post also reminds federal employees that workplace flexibilities are available that may be used during periods of extreme weather.

“OPM’s workplace flexibilities … may be used to reduce health risks during such extreme heat periods,” the post stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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