Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA


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Supervisors and workers should be trained about heat hazards. They should also learn about prevention and first aid. Topics should include:

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  • 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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