Turning up the heat – what HR can do to protect employees

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Recommendations 

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.

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