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Heat Illness Prevention Program

May 15th, 2018

Beat The Heat Campaign Workplace Safety 

Discover how to prevent heat stress or heat-related illnesses and establish a complete heat safety prevention program.

Summer is here, which means the Texas heat is back in full force. Maintaining a safe workplace and promoting a heat illness prevention program is of high importance, especially for employers with non climate-controlled facilities or outdoor workspaces where employees may be vulnerable to extreme heat conditions.

 

Establish a Heat Illness Prevention Program

Per OSHA, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program. 

Roll out a safety prevention campaign to remind employees to be mindful of heat illness and water breaks. Provide heat safety training to workers as part of promoting and developing a safe workplace.

 

Signs & Notices to Display

We recommend displaying heat illness prevention posters and water break reminders in your facility and break rooms, available in Spanish here

 

Employee Handouts

1. OSHA Quickcard Reminder 

 

Tips 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.