OSHA Heat-Related Illness Prevention Checklist

Use the OSHA Heat-Related Illness Prevention Checklist to safeguard workers from heat-related issues and adhere to OSHA compliance and safety measures.

OSHA Heat-Related Illness Prevention Checklist



Risk Factors For Heat Exposure In The Workplace

1. Is there outdoor work in warm/hot weather or direct sun being done?


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2. Is there indoor work in warm/hot environments with heat sources such as ovens, fires, hot tar, and/or other radiant heat sources?


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3. Is moderate to strenuous physical activity performed in warm/hot indoor or outdoor environments?


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4. Is there wearing of heavy or non-breathable work clothes and/or personal protective equipment (PPE) in warm/hot indoor or outdoor environments?


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5. Is there high relative humidity combined with a warm/hot indoor or outdoor environment?


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Preparedness

1. Is there a written plan in place to prevent heat-related injury and illness?


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2. Does the plan contain procedures for heat events, such as when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or heat warning?


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3. Does the plan require the assessment of environmental heat at the worksite (e.g., continually monitoring temperature, heat index, or Wet Bulb Globe Temperature [WBGT]) and consider how physical activity and clothing/PPE affect the heat stress of workers?


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4. Are procedures in place to determine throughout the day if heat is hazardous to workers?


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5. Is there a designated, trained individual at the worksite responsible for (1) assessing and monitoring conditions (e.g., temperature and humidity) and workers for symptoms of heat-related illness, (2) implementing the heat plan when necessary, and (3) notifying workers when the heat plan is in effect?


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6. Is there an acclimatization plan in place to modify work duties for and to closely supervise (1) new workers, (2) temporary or contract workers, and (3) workers returning from extended leave to ensure they gradually build tolerance to heat? Does the plan also ensure supervisors monitor these workers for symptoms of heat-related injury and illness?


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7. Are engineering controls (e.g., shade structures with cool air temperatures, reflective barriers, ventilation) used to reduce heat stress?


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8. Are fluids (e.g., cool, potable water, sports drinks) readily available and provided to workers, and supervisors ensure they are hydrating?


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9. Are rest breaks provided, and are their length and frequency adjusted, as needed? Do supervisors ensure breaks are taken?


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10. Is shade or a cooled area provided for rest and hydration breaks?


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11. Is there a buddy system in place so workers observe each other for signs of heat-related illness?


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12. Do supervisors and workers have a way to contact emergency services, and are instructions for what to do in case of a heat-related medical emergency posted at the worksite?


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13. Do workers know how to and are expected to report to the employer any symptoms of heat-related illnesses that develop while working?


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14. Is there identification and control of heat hazards and understanding of environmental risk factors?


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15. Is there recognition of the signs and symptoms of heat-related injuries and illnesses?


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16. Is there an understanding that there are individual factors that may impact workers’ risk for developing heat illness?


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17. Is there administration of first aid and CPR for heat-related illness?


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18. Is there activation of emergency medical services quickly when needed?


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