Hot Weather Survival Tips for Outdoor Workers
John J. Meola is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an Associates in Risk Management Degree (ARM).
He has over 25 years of experience in construction, insurance, manufacturing and risk management. He is an Adjunct Instructor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and has a BA in Education.
He is the Safety Director for Pillar Inc. based in Richmond VA and is a consultant with private clients in various industries. He is an OSHA Construction Safety Outreach Trainer and is the author of two safety handbooks. He is also a regular contributor to several construction trade publications and presents seminars to select audiences all over the United States.
Heat Stress is classified by the health community as an illness. When it occurs on the job, it can degrade worker productivity and result in a range of health problems from mild to severe, and in some extreme cases, fatalities.
For outdoor workers, it is incumbent on employers to REGOCOGNIZE AND IDENTIFY high-temperature heat exposure as an occupational health threat and takes reasonable and effective steps to address the issue.
The scientific conclusions associated with Climate Change have proven that the weather is, in fact, becoming not just warmer, it is becoming more extreme and unpredictable on many fronts.
Droughts, heat waves, violent storms, out-of-season weather events, monster hurricanes, tornados, etc. are all becoming more severe in their intensity and duration. Now is this time to act to plan, prepare, educate, equip and train employees on this growing health threat.
- Recognition and identification of the key health factors affecting employee performance in high heat conditions, indoors and outdoors.
- Implementation of the recommended preventive and protective measures to enable workers to perform their tasks without being debilitated by heat stress
- Best Practices for dietary and hydration during high heat exposures, short and mid-term protective measures for general employee health and wellness
- Key elements in an Employee Heat Stress Awareness Training Program
- Learning to predict and identify the most susceptible conditions leading to heat-related illnesses, their progression and the steps to address their onset and occurrence
- Worker dress practices, types of clothing, fabric selection and preferred garments for reducing heat loading on the human body
- Human body cooling mechanisms, supplemental techniques, and practices recommended for prolonged heat exposure- in all types of environments
- Understanding the Heat Index, which is a key indicator in assessing employee exposures
- Recommended safety & health practices for managing employee populations during heat-waves or other high heat stress exposures
- Technological and innovative measures for reducing heat exposures
- State of the art techniques offered by the safety hardware and PPE vendors, such as misting fans, cooling vests, and garments, etc.
- Effects of air-conditioning, indoor air quality, thermal exchange and effects of cooling on the human circulatory and respiratory systems
Course Level - Basic to Intermediate
Who Should Attend
- Safety Directors; Safety Officers; Safety Managers
- Insurance Loss Control Managers; Claim Adjusters
- Human Resource personnel
- Field Superintendents
- Working Foremen
- Supervisors; Crew Leaders
- Safety Committees
- Business Managers
- Operations Managers
- Project Managers
- EHS Managers
- Risk Managers
- Military Safety Officers
- NAVFAC Personnel – US Army Corp of Engineers
- OSHA Personnel
Why Should Attend
Heat stress can be deadly occupational exposure. The body can withstand a wide range of environmental stresses, but at some point, the normal human body operative functions will become degraded and possibly overcome by heat stress issues.
The range of protective and preventive measures follows the OSHA Hierarchy of Controls in a progressive, applied practices manner.
Understanding the dynamic of heat stress will help your organization become prepared, equipped for and resilient to heat stress exposures.
While there are no current occupational regulations for employers to follow, OSHA and other agencies are increasing their attention to the issue with advisories, awareness campaigns and general communications on the topic.
Understanding your organizations role in protecting worker health is a first step in the process. The implications can be very real and tangible for safety outcomes since heat stress illnesses are showing up more often on OSHA logs as recordable cases.
Workers exposed to weather conditions in all types of occupations will increasingly be faced with climate extremes. The unpredictability of weather patterns has already registered on the safety road-map for causing illnesses, some of which can be serious and possibly fatal, if not properly addressed and implemented by your Safety & Health Program.
Heat Stress Awareness, including the component of employee training, is the basic step in building a resilient worker safety culture. This webinar will review the basic and intermediate steps an organization should be incorporating into their daily regimen of safety protocols.
The topic of heat stress awareness for outdoor workers have already been identified by the safety regulatory community as a target area on the radar screen for preventive and protective measures.
The issue is expected to become increasingly important, likely resulting in some type of occupational regulatory requirement. Each year, the seasonal median temperature extremes are breaking new records. Until we figure out a long term solution, we will have to deal with the reality of heat stress issues. Short and mid-term protective and preventive measures applicable to all outdoors workers and occupations are the focus of this Webinar.