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Heat inspections aren't just for outdoor workers, agency director says

As record-setting temperatures continue, Arizona launched a new workplace inspection program this week, to help ensure that employers are protecting workers from the heat.

The inspections are being conducted by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Director Jessie Atencio says they’ll be checking to see that workers get breaks, and have access to water and shade.

"Our inspectors will be looking to ensure that the employer has some way of providing those basic functions to the employee, " Atencio says.

While outdoor jobs are a concern, Atencio says indoor sites – like warehouses and restaurants – could also pose serious risks.

"Warehouses can be an issue, when it comes to that limited air movement. If an AC goes out, or employees are working around hot equipment, that can also amplify the actual heat in a workplace, " he says.

Atencio says it’s imperative for supervisors to recognize the symptoms of heat stress and remove workers who may be in danger.

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News director Chad Snow joined the KJZZ newsroom in 2016.