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Protect your employees from heat-related illness.



Protect your employees from heat-related illness.

Extremely hot weather can cause serious health effects such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke which may lead to death. People who work outdoors in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and are more likely to get heat illness.

[Health Department or other contact] encourages you to help your employees stay cool, hydrated, and informed.

If an outdoor worker feels faint, disoriented or even weak, STOP all activity and get them to a cool environment.

  • Schedule tasks for earlier or later in the day to avoid midday heat.
  • Make sure workers are given breaks to cool off and drink water.
  • Encourage workers to:
    • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working, and not to wait until they are thirsty to drink.
    • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
    • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
    • Wear a brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Seek medical care immediately if an employee experiences symptoms of heat illness.
  • Page last reviewed: June 20, 2011
  • Page last updated: June 20, 2011
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