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Heat Stress Training Q&A
- Does OSHA require employees to receive heat stress training?
- No, OSHA does not have a specific regulation regarding heat stress. However, a number of OSHA standards involve the prevention and understanding of heat-related illnesses. Heat stress hazards are considered "recognizable hazards" and can be cited using the General Duty Clause. OSHA has issued guidelines for employers to ensure that employees are protected from heat stress. All employees should be trained on heat illness prevention: knowing how to react in such an emergency, what factors increase risk for heat illness, basic prevention steps, common signs and symptoms of heat illness, etc.
- Are we responsible for providing water to employees or can they bring their own water?
- Yes. According to 1915.88: "the employer shall provide potable water for all employee health and personal needs and ensure that only potable water is used for these purposes […] The employer shall provide potable drinking water in amounts that are adequate to meet the health and personal needs of each employee […] The employer shall dispense drinking water from a fountain, a covered container with single-use drinking cups stored in a sanitary receptacle, or single-use bottles. The employer shall prohibit the use of shared drinking cups, dippers, and water bottles."
- Has OSHA ever used the General Duty Clause to fine employers for heat stress related issues?
- Absolutely. For instance, Post Buckley Schuh & Jeringan, Inc., violated the General Duty Clause in August 2010 when an employee working in the heat lost consciousness and died after being transported to the ER.
- How do I know if it's too hot for workers to be working in a particular environment?
- The heat index (which indicates both temperature and humidity) is a very useful tool to judge whether working conditions are safe or extreme. As a general rule of thumb, temperatures less than 91°F = low-risk; 91°-103° = moderate risk (employers must implement precautions); 103°-115° = high risk (additional precautions must be taken); and temperatures above 115° = extreme risk (don't even think about it). Further clues of increasingly risky conditions include: increasing humidity, stronger sun glare, and lack of air movement. Protective (possibly stifling) clothing and gear and strenuous work must also be taken into account.
- How often should water breaks be permitted in a working environment of extreme heat?
- Employers should allow frequent water and rest breaks as necessary, and should furthermore remind employees to maintain good hydration (and, to their best ability, ensure that employees do so). In extreme conditions, we should drink about 6 oz (a medium-sized glass-full) of water every 15 minutes, but no more than 12 quarts of fluid within 24 hours.
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