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Extreme Heat

Explore what you can do to prepare for and protect your self, family, business and employees from extreme heat.

Heat Wave Safety Tips for Business

Tip 1: Gradually increase the time spent in hot environmental conditions over a 7-14 day period.

Tip 2: For new workers, the schedule should be no more that 20% exposure to heat on day 1 and an increase of no more than 20% exposure on each additional day. 

Tip 3: For workers who have had previous experience with the job, the acclamation schedule should be no more than:

  1.  Day 1: 50% exposure
  2. Day 2: 60% exposure
  3. Day 3: 80% exposure
  4. Day 4: 100% exposure

Tips 4: Set up a buddy system. Check your workers routinely to make sure...

  1. They make use of readily available water and shade.
  2. They don't have heat-related symptoms

Tip 5: Encourage workers to drink plenty of fluids...

  • ...such as drink small amounts of water before becoming thirsty. 
  • During moderate activity in moderately hot conditions, workers should drink about 1 cup every 15-20 minutes. 

For more information on keeping your employees safe during the summer months please follow these
links. Occupational Heat Exposure, Protecting Workers From Heat Stress, Protecting Workers from
Heat Illness.

 

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