Heat Stress Illness and Prevention
Many workers spend some part of their working day in a hot environment. Workers in foundries, laundries, construction projects, and bakeries — to name a few industries — often face hot conditions which pose special hazards to safety and health. The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has recently adopted a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate the process to a adopt regulation applicable to Heat Illness Prevention.
The following references aid in recognizing and evaluating hazards in the workplace.
WATER. REST. SHADE. OSHA’s Campaign to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat https://www.osha.gov/
NEW! Heat Stress Pamphlet
NEW! Heat Stress Outreach
Occupational Heat Exposure https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/index.html
Heat-related Illnesses and First Aid https://www.osha.gov/
Heat Hazards: Working Outdoors in Warm Climates Fact Sheet (2005) (English: HTML PDF)
Heat Illness: Health Effects of Heat Worksite, Training Poster
If working outdoors, the risk for heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, can cause serious medical problems or death. Display this poster at the worksite for workers to see, and use it as an educational training tool.
(OSHA 3431 – 2011) (English: PDF)
Heat Illness: Health Effects of Heat Worksite, Training Poster (Spanish)
(OSHA 3432 – 2011) (Spanish: PDF)
Heat Illness: Protecting Yourself in the Sun
(OSHA 3166 – 2003) (English: HTML PDF)Heat Illness: Protecting Yourself in the Sun (Spanish) Protecting Yourself in the Sun
(OSHA 3168 – 2000) (Spanish: HTML PDF)Heat Stress QuickCard
Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. Learn of precautions your employer should take any time temperatures are high and the job involves physical work. 2 pages
(OSHA 3154 – 2017) (English: PDF)
(OSHA 3417 – 2017) (Spanish: PDF)
(OSHA 3389 – 2011) (Vietnamese: PDF)
National Integrated Heat Health Information System https://toolkit.
Extreme Heat Safety Social Media Toolkit
NWS Heat Safety Resources
OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App
Using the Heat Index to Protect Workers
Heat Illness Awareness – Now that the area’s first wave of sustained 90 degree days are here, please review the link to OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention resources page.
Heat – Additional Resources | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)
Prevent Heat Illness at Work Poster (English)
Prevent Heat Illness at Work Poster (Spanish)
Consejos para Prevenir las Enfermedades Relacionadas al Calor Poster (Spanish
NEW! Heat Illness: Prevent Heat Illness at Work Pamphlet
(OSHA 4135 – 2021) (English: PDF)NEW
(OSHA 4135 – 2021) (Spanish: PDF)NEW
Heat Illness: Prevent Heat Illness at Work Poster
(OSHA 3431 – 2021) (English: PDF)Revised
(OSHA 3432 – 2021) (Spanish: PDF)Revised