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According to Heat Stress OSHA Standards
Heat stress safety is addressed in specific standards for the general industry. Additionally:
Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, often referred to as the General Duty Clause, requires employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees". This includes heat-related hazards that are likely to cause death or serious bodily harm. Section 5(a)(2) requires employers to "comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act".
Who must take this course?
Since the potential of heat and fatigue-related hazards exist in virtually every work environment, this heat stress safety course is recommended for all workers.
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It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a OSHA regulations Heat Stress & Illness Safety training printable certificate and wallet card.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our OSHA Heat Stress & Illness Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored self check questions, and a final exam.
A variety of occupations either directly or indirectly expose workers to heat and high temperature. These exposures can take the form of high outdoor temperatures and humidity, and they can also occur in indoor occupations that involve heat radiation and direct contact with high-heat objects or machinery.
High temperatures and humidity, and low-circulation indoor locations, can present serious health risks to workers operating in those environments. Job requirements such as heavy lifting or high degrees of physical activity can increase your risk of heat stress or illness. Preparing yourself ahead of time and knowing how to respond to heat stress in the field is an important part of workplace safety. This course will walk you through the basics of heat stress and illness, and it will inform you as to how you can best protect yourself from suffering heat stress or heat-induced illness.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About this course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to Heat Stress Safety
- How Does the Body React to Heat?
- What Is Heat Stress?
- Heat Stress Statistics in the Work Place
- Heat-Related Illnesses and Conditions
- Heat Index
- Effects of the Heat Index
- Protective Measures
- Risk Levels
- Heat Stress Environments
- Environmental (Outdoor) Stress Factors
- Direct Sunlight and Daytime
- Job-Specific (Indoor) Heat Stress Factors
- Heat Stress Prevention: Employer Responsibilities
- Employer Responsibilities
- Employer Responsibilities and Controls for Indoor Workplaces
- Employer Training Responsibilities
- Heat Stress Prevention: Environmental Controls
- Acclimatization and Prevention Measures
- Acclimatization Steps
- Estimating Work Rates and Loads
- Work and Rest Schedules
- Fluid Replacement and Recovery Areas
- Fluid Types
- Heat Stress Prevention: Worker Precautions
- Employee Responsibilities
- Personal Protective Equipment
- First Aid and Emergency Response Measures for Heat Stress
- Emergency Preparedness
- Employer Checklist
- Additional Resources
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Heat Stress and Fatigue-related Safety. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.