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Thursday, July 18, 2019
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NEWS: OPM Issues Guidance on Staying Cool

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released a memorandum to the Chief Human Capital Officers concerning the severe heat and humidity this summer.

OPM is encouraging agencies to be proactive in protecting the health and well-being of their employees.  There are options open to managers to help reduce health risks for their personnel.  One example would be a flexible work schedule, to avoid commuting during the hottest part of the day. 

The memo includes several resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designed to help the public to stay safe during excessive heat.  Managers and employees should review the material to be aware of best practices for dangerous weather conditions.

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