OHS recommends employers consider implementing some of the following measures to better protect their employees from harm.
- Designate a person to oversee a Heat Illness Prevention Program and enforce its requirements.
- Assessing job demands and monitoring control strategies for hot days and workplaces.
- Longer and more frequent rest breaks.
- Scheduling strenuous job tasks for cooler times of the day, such as early morning or evening.
- Providing cool drinking water for workers and remind them to drink a cup every 20 minutes or so.
- Limiting how long workers work in direct sunlight.
- Assigning additional workers or slowing down the pace of the work.
- Making sure everyone is properly acclimated to the temperature.
- Training workers to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat stress.
- Starting a “buddy system” and encourage employees to report signs of heat stress in one another.
- Implementing first aid and emergency response plans for workers with symptoms of heat stress.