Protecting Workers from Extreme Heat


Heat illness can be deadly, and employers must protect workers from excessive heart.

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.

  • Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
  • Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
  • Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
  • Monitor workers for signs of illness.
  • If you need support in building a heat illness prevention program or further training, please contact Employer Support Services and speak with a member of our sales team.  800-535-7206 or