Many workers at your company work in hot environments. These include employees working at physical plant, housing, hazardous waste, pest control, fine arts, laundry and agricultural worksites. Working in hot conditions poses many safety and health hazards to the workers. This policy addresses ways to minimize and control these hazards.
Four environmental factors affect the amount of stress a worker experiences in a hot environment: temperature, humidity, air velocity and radiant heat. Examples of radiant heat include direct heat from the sun or a furnace. Job-related factors that affect heat stress include work rate and physical effort required, type of clothing and protective equipment used, and duration of activity. All of these factors need to be evaluated in order to minimize their impact on the worker. Personal characteristics such as age, weight, physical fitness, and acclimatization to the heat also need to be factored in to determine those people and areas at high risk.