Thousands of workers are affected by heat illness each year. Environmental heat is a recognized hazard. Workers have the right to receive information and training about hazards and their prevention, and it is the employer's responsibility to provide this.
In a training, it is important to include the health effects of heat, how and when to respond to symptoms, and how to prevent them from occurring. The OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Training Guide [1 MB PDF*, 40 pages] includes information in short, interactive lesson plans that can be completed in a tailgate or toolbox talk. Training should be in a language that the worker can understand.
Knowledge is the first step of prevention. To create a plan of preventing heat illness to communicate during these trainings, Using the Heat Index: A Guide for Employers [635 KB PDF*, 44 pages] is a helpful resource. Having a plan and knowing what to do in the event of a heat-related emergency is part of first aid that can save lives.
OSHA Training Resources
OSHA Heat Prevention Lesson Plan
Other Training Resources
Cal/OSHA Heat Safety Training Kit for Employers**
Cal/OSHA DVD: Water, Rest, Shade: The Work Can’t Get Done Without Them**
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Outdoor Heat Exposure (OHE, Heat Stress)**
Guide for tailgate training: Heat Hazards in Agriculture [2 MB PDF, 44 pages]
**NOTE: California and Washington state have their own heat illness prevention standards; these materials reflect the requirements in those standards.
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