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 (PDF*) 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 (PDF*) 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.
**NOTE: California and Washington state have their own heat illness prevention standards; these materials reflect the requirements in those standards.
Shows locations of outdoor worker, heat-related fatalities between 2008 and 2014.
Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health on the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness
How can OSHA help? Workers have a right to a safe workplace. If you think your job is unsafe or you have questions, contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). It's confidential. We can help. If you have been punished or discriminated against for using your rights, such as raising health and safety concerns or filing a complaint, you must file a complaint with OSHA within 30 days. No form is required, but you must call or send a letter to OSHA within 30 days of the alleged discrimination. For other valuable worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities, and other services OSHA offers, visit OSHA's Workers' page.
OSHA also provides help to employers. OSHA's On-site Consultation Program offers free and confidential advice to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the country, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. For more information or for additional compliance assistance contact OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742). It's confidential. We can help.
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