Beat The Heat
Summer is here, which means the Texas heat is back in full force. For employers with non climate-controlled facilities or outdoor workspaces, maintaining a safe workplace is a main priority. Per OSHA, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. We recommend displaying heat illness prevention posters, frequent water breaks and more Read more about our tips for Heat Safety.
As employers, it is crucial to roll out a safety prevention initiative to remind employees to be mindful of heat illness and water breaks. We recommend displaying heat illness prevention posters and water break reminders in your facility and break rooms, available in Spanish here. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.
TPI Staffing offers the following tips for employees and employers to prevent heat stress or heat-related illnesses:
- Provide drinking water
- Take breaks (15 or 20 minutes) to hydrate and rest in cooler areas
- Drink lots of water (1 cup every 15 minutes)
- Provide heat safety training to workers to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses
- Consider restructuring shifts or planning work schedules around times when the heat index is minimized
- Display heat illness prevention posters
TPI Staffing, Inc. supports the OSHA safety prevention initiative to remind employees to be mindful of heat illness and water breaks.