- Safety and Health Topics
Supervisors and workers should be trained about heat hazards. They should also learn about prevention and first aid. Topics should include:
- Types of heat-related illness, including how to recognize common signs and symptoms.
- Importance of immediately providing first aid to affected workers.
- Procedures for contacting emergency medical services.
- Importance of protecting new “unacclimatized” workers. This includes work practices to help workers develop acclimatization.
- Job-related and personal risk factors for heat-related illness.
- Fluid replacement guidelines.
- Appropriate work/rest cycles (i.e., mandatory rest breaks) when heat stress is high.
- Importance of taking rest breaks in areas that are cooler than the worksite—for example, shade or air conditioned rooms.
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