THE PROBLEM: Heat stress kills. And even though it isn’t addressed in a specific OSHA standard, heat stress is also a potential source of citations under the OSHA General Duty clause. An OSHA Directive (TED 01-00-015) lists the kinds of measures employers are expected to take to protect against heat stress—including engineering controls, work practices, monitoring and training.
HOW TOOL HELPS SOLVE THE PROBLEM: Here’s a short version of a basic and simple Model Heat Stress Plan based on a plan for outdoor timber operations. Like any Model Policy, this sample is illustrative and shouldn’t be adapted word for word. You need to adopt your own plan that reflects the situations of your own workplace.