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Employers response for Steps 2-4-The Risk levels of the Heat Index

STEP 2: Train workers before it gets hot. Train workers about safe work practices before heat index levels go up. Prepare workers so that they recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, how to prevent it, and what to do if someone has symptoms. Reinforce the training on hot days.

For heat-related illness prevention training tools and resources, go to Training Resources. OSHA’s factsheets and worksite posters (in English and Spanish) can help in communicating key messages about heat safety and health.

STEP 3: Track the weather for the worksite daily and assess the risk to workers. Know how hot it will be during scheduled work activities and use this information to determine which preventive measures should be taken.

Check with the National Weather Service to get the current or predicted heat index values and see a map of areas under excessive heat warning across the U.S. The heat index is also announced by television and radio stations as part of the local weather. Monitor weather reports daily to remain prepared for high heat index levels. Use OSHA’s Heat Smartphone App to check the heat index for your worksite and see reminders about the protective measures for the specified risk level.

STEP 4: Implement your plan when the heat index is at or above 80° Fahrenheit. Adjust risk level based on site conditions (direct sunlight vs. shaded, with breeze), work load, and type of protective clothing.

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