Although OSHA doesn’t have a specific standard that covers working in hot conditions, under the General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act, you nevertheless have a duty to protect workers from recognized serious hazards in the workplace, including heat-related hazards.
This means right off the bat you need answers to three very important questions. What is Heat Illness, Who is Affected, and How can it be Prevented. Heat illness comes primarily in high heat high humidity environments when sweating simply isn’t enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken. Heat illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate medical attention. This condition can affect anyone, but those who are not in good physical shape or are new to working out doors are especially susceptible. Heat illness can be prevented in several ways, and King Operator is hear to help. Water, Rest, and Shade are the basic ways to prevent this from happening but we also offer products that can assist you and your employees to stay productive without harming themselves.
Take a look at some of these products by checking out our Heat Stress page at www.kingoperator.com. I have two specific products that I like and one is the Ergodyne Chill-Its® GB5155 Low-Profile Hydration Packs. The other is our special and it is the Sqwincher Powder Pack™ Dry Mix. It is available by emailing email@example.com for $130.00. These are 80 pack cases down from $189.22. Feel free to call 317.503.8611 or email with other questions or comments. Remember its hot and humid so make sure you pay attention to what your body is telling you. Have a great week and be safe.
|Less than 91ºF||Lower caution||Basic heat safety and planning|
|91ºF to 103ºF||Moderate||Implement precautions and heighten awareness|
|103ºF to 115ºF||High||Additional precautions to protect workers|
|Greater than 115ºF||Very high to extreme||Triggers even more aggressive protective measures|
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