Industrial Heat Illness: Know The Facts
Know your environment. The weather forecast does not always predict actual job site conditions. To determine your microclimate, OSHA recommends the use of a Wet Globe Bulb Temperature Monitor which measures temperature, cloud cover, sun angle, wind speed, and humidity.
Acclimate workers to hot conditions. New workers or those returning after an absence should be acclimated slowly to very hot environments, starting with just a few hours each day and increasing gradually.
Hydrate the right way. Encourage your workers to hydrate as much as possible the night before, during their shift, and after work! Provide ice water to workers throughout the day. If water is too far away, or unpleasantly warm, people won’t hydrate properly.
Modify work to rest ratio. If conditions are especially hot, increase break time and frequency to allow workers to cool off and hydrate.
Provide quality body cooling PPE. Portable, reusable cooling gear that cools instantly, and stays cool for hours provides on-demand relief from the heat.
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US National Emphasis Program to Protect Workers from Heat Illness
Effective April 8, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, illnesses or, even worse, fatalities.