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.
OSHA Training Resources
Other Training Resources
- Cal/OSHA Heat Safety Training Kit for Employers**
- Resources available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Punjabi
- Cal/OSHA Video: Water, Rest, Shade: The Work Can’t Get Done Without Them**
- Video available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Punjabi, Mixteco
Cal/OSHA Video Guide: Water, Rest, Shade: The Work Can’t Get Done Without Them - A Heat Safety DVD and Discussion Guide (PDF).
Facilitate a discussion on heat illness prevention after watching the video.
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Outdoor Heat Exposure**
- Resources available in English and many in Spanish
- ADOSH- Staying Safe while Working in Extreme Heat (Video)
- Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health
- Heat Hazards in Agriculture: A Guide for Employers to Carry Out Tailgate Training for Workers (PDF)
- Labor Occupational Health Program's (University of California, Berkeley, 2008)
- Also available Spanish (PDF)
- Script for Instructors: Dangers of Heat Stress
- Farm Safety Association, Inc. (2003)
- Also available in France and Spanish
- eLearning Course: Heat Stress Awareness for Construction & General Industry
- Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Office of Occupational Safety & Health
**NOTE: California and Washington state have their own heat illness prevention standards; these materials reflect the requirements in those standards.
How can OSHA help? Workers have a right to a safe workplace. If you think your job is unsafe or have questions, visit OSHA's Worker's Page or call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA). It's confidential. 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 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).
*Accessibility Assistance: Contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300 for assistance accessing PDF materials.
All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300.
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