Preventing and Responding to Heat Illness
- What is Required from T8 CCR 3395?
- "Best Practises" - Your Written Program
- I. Effective Work Practices
- II. Real Time Communication
- III. Emergency Response Procedures
- IV. Training
I. Effective Work Practices
2. Shade and Other Cooling Measures
To prevent heat illness, there must be a balance between heat load on the body (heat produced internally by the body and gained from external sources) and heat released from the body to allow the body to cool.
You can use shade and/or the alternative measures listed below to provide cooling to your employees during breaks or at lunch. During Heat Waves, in addition to shade you may need to add one or more of the Alternative Cooling Measures listed below to prevent heat illness.
You can also use shade and the other cooling measures listed below to provide cooling during a Preventative Recovery Period should one become necessary. No matter how you choose to provide cooling for your employees remember to ensure that:
- Sufficient supplies of potable drinking water are close by
- Individuals are encouraged to frequently drink sufficient amounts of water
- Employees are able to assume comfortable body postures
Provide Cooling from Shade by Using:
More About Shade:
Shade is adequate only when it completely blocks the direct sunlight and allows the body to cool. In adequate shade people and objects in the shade do not cast shadows in the area of blocked sunlight. Shade is not adequate when it does not allow the body to cool.
Do not provide shade by using:
Provide Cooling Using Alternative Measures
There are also alternative ways to cool the body besides shade. Before using alternative cooling measures make sure they are safe to use for the conditions in your workplace.
Alternative cooling measures include, but are not limited to, cooling employees by: