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State reminds employers to make sure workers safe

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Labor is reminding businesses to make sure employees are working under safe conditions during this week's heat and humidity.

The Labor Department warns that heat illness can be fatal. It says people working in the heat should not depend on thirst before drinking water. It recommends workers drink five to seven ounces of fluids every 15 to 20 minutes.

The department also recommends workers be given regular rest breaks, whether the heat exposure is outdoors or indoors.

Finally, for people working outside, the department recommends that employers provide shaded break areas. Shaded areas give workers necessary relief from the sun.

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