Some postal workers fear retaliation for taking much-needed breaks or calling out sick when experiencing the effects of heat-related illness. Stocking trucks with frozen water bottles, electrolyte-heavy sports drinks, and pickles can help ward off dehydration and other symptoms, but delivery employees often continue working while feeling ill to avoid negative consequences like reprimanding or dismissal. The Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act also includes protections for workplace whistleblowers, giving employees piece of mind and additional security when reporting unsafe working conditions.
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