Four Ways to Prepare for Heat Stress at Work (Before it’s Too Late)

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In some parts of the country, the mercury is already skyrocketing up the thermometer. A quick look at today’s weather map shows about half the country with temps in the 80s or 90s.

It’s important to be aware of hot weather because workers can suffer serious problems and even die when working in high temperatures. So what can you do as an employer or supervisor to protect your workers? Well, one thing you can do is be aware of the hazard and know how to lessen the risk.

For example, here’s a helpful OSHA website that includes lots of information about occupational heat exposure.

And here’s a map from OSHA that shows the location of on-the-job heat fatalities since 2008.

In addition, if you’ve got an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android device, you can download a free heat stress app from OSHA’s website.

And finally, you can get training materials from Convergence about heat stress. Here’s a sample from our Heat Stress Causes video:

Jeff Dalto, Senior Learning & Performance Improvement Manager
Jeff is a learning designer and performance improvement specialist with more than 20 years in learning and development, 15+ of which have been spent working in manufacturing, industrial, and architecture, engineering & construction training. Jeff has worked side-by-side with more than 50 companies as they implemented online training. Jeff is an advocate for using evidence-based training practices and is currently completing a Masters degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State University. He writes the Vector Solutions | Convergence Training blog and invites you to connect with him on LinkedIn.

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