THE PROBLEM: Work in extreme heat can lead to a variety of heat-related illnesses, including deadly heat stroke. Failure to protect your own workers from these ailments can result not only in fatalities and serious injuries but OSHA violations under the so called General Duty Clause, which requires employers to safeguard employees from “recognized hazards” not specifically addressed in an OSHA standard.
HOW TOOL HELPS SOLVE THE PROBLEM: Developing safe work procedures for work in extreme heat is one of the best ways to prevent heat-related illnesses. Here’s a Model Emergency Response Procedure for ensuring first aid can be effectively provided to workers who suffer heat stress or other illnesses and injuries. The Procedure is based on a sample from Cal-OSHA where unlike under federal OSHA, there is a specific heat stress standard. Although it tracks California requirements, the Procedure is an excellent model for employers in other states where workers work in high temperatures involving the risk of heat-related illness.