Employees who work in warm environments could be at risk of heat-related illnesses. This possibility is especially common during summer months. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn’t have a standard that covers working in warm environments, but employers are responsible for providing a workplace that is safe and free of recognized hazards.
Prolonged exposure to heat can cause illness and death. The most common heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat cramps.
Keep employees at your facility safe while working in hot temperatures by providing ample cool water. OSHA recommends workers have at least one pint of water per hour. It is also crucial to provide training to employees on heat illness hazards.
Use the toolbox talk below to communicate the signs, common causes and treatment of heat illness.
Make It Personal: Give the talk near an area at your facility where temperatures are high and workers could experience heat illness.
Looking for tips on how to give a talk? Check out this blog post.