VOSH Programs

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 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/heat/index.html

Heat-related Illnesses and First Aid https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatstress/heat_illnesses.html
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.climate.gov/nihhis/