Heat Illness Prevention Program- Summer Time Safety

Heat Illness Prevention Program

15.0 SCOPE
The (your Business name) has established the following program to reduce injury and prevent heat illness.

15.1 Definitions
“Acclimatization” means a temporary protective adjustment by the body’s systems to heat exposure which develops in most people within four to ten days after exposure to at least two hours per day of working in heat.

“Heat Illness” means a group of serious medical conditions resulting from the body’s inability to cope with a particular heat load, and includes heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and heat stroke.

15.2 Hazard Identification
To maintain a safe and healthful work place we need to have a way to identify hazards in the work place. Recognizing that unsafe work practices generally cause more accidents than unsafe conditions by themselves, we (your Business name) intend to focus on both unsafe work practices as well as unsafe physical conditions.
Although it is our intention to eliminate all unsafe conditions and work practices as quickly as possible, some corrective action will require longer periods of time and or larger expenditures of capital. Because of this, it will be necessary to evaluate the seriousness of the hazards and focus our attention on those hazards that have the potential to cause serious injury or illness.

15.3 Hazard Correction
Heat Illness can be prevented. Heat Illness is caused by dehydration or lack of fluid intake and may be caused by exposure to temperature extremes. Once signs and symptoms of heat illness appear, a victim’s condition can rapidly deteriorate and lead to death.

15.4 Heat Illness Prevention and Training

Training shall be provided to all employees who may be affected by heat illness. Training shall cover the following topics:

1)The different types of heat illness and the factors contributing to heat illness, including;
2)Environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity and air movement;
3)Work conditions, such as the level of physical exertion and the use of protective clothing; and
4)Individual conditions that increase susceptibility to the different types of heat illness, such as inadequate consumption of water and lack of adequate heat acclimatization.
5)Employees and Supervisors must be able to identify and evaluate the hazards and be able to address environmental exposures, work and individual conditions, that are associated with the occurrence of heat illness;
6)Recognition of common symptoms and the signs of heat illness, and the effect that heat illness has on the body’s systems, if symptoms and signs of heat illness are disregarded; and
7)An explanation of the importance of immediately reporting any heat illness signs or symptoms to the supervisor or co-workers.

15.5 Reporting Heat Illness

A.All heat illness cases must be reported in the following manner.
1)Complete (your Business name)wide Exposure Report.
2)If employee was taken to see a doctor or 911 has been called complete;
3)All Worker Compensation documentation including the Accident/Injury Report.

Heat Illness Prevention Program- Summer Time Safety


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