18 April 2008
→Train workers to recognize and treat the signs of heat-relate d stress.
→Accllmate each worker into the heat for five to seven days; m onitor the temperatures, humidity and workers' responses to heat throughout the day.
→Encourage workers to wear light-colored clothing to reflect heat and keep cool.
→Help workers adjust by assigning light workloads during high heat, take longer breaks in cool areas, plan strenuous work for cooler parts of the day.
→Consider each worker's physical condition when determining heat-related work task assignments. Monitor prescription and over-the-counter drug use by employees.
Encourage workers to drink plenty of water, even if they are not thirsty. Allow for frequent water breaks.
→Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and caffeinated soft drinks that dehydrate the body.
→Use general ventilation and spot cooling whenever possible.
→Encourage workers to report their own heat stress or co-workers' heat stress symptoms to their supervisor immediately.
→Re-acclimate employees after an absence from the hot environment, such as after they take a vacation or have been on a leave of absence.