Heat Illness Prevention Plan for the Workplace!
Check out this information VPPPA Region 2 shared for tips on putting together a Heat Illness Prevention Plan! If you need help addressing this or other workplace hazards, let us know!
A new OSHA initiative makes a priority of protecting workers from hazards of extreme heat.
VPP sites can use the information below to draft a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan if your site does not have one yet.
Creation of a Heat Illness Prevention Plan
Employers should create a written plan to prevent heat-related illness. Important elements to consider when creating the heat plan are:
Who will provide oversight on a daily basis?
How will new workers gradually develop heat tolerance?
Temporary workers may be more susceptible to heat and require closer supervision.
Workers returning from extended leave (typically defined as more than two weeks) may also be at increased risk.
How will the employer ensure that first aid is adequate and the protocol for summoning medical assistance in situations beyond first-aid is effective?
What engineering controls and work practices will be used to reduce heat stress?
How will heat stress be measured?
How to respond when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or heat warning?
How will we determine if the total heat stress is hazardous?
What training will be provided to workers and supervisors?
Reference link: https://www.osha.gov/heat-exposure/planning