Keeping employees safe during the hot and humid weather is very important, having a quality heat stress plan is important to that. This policy spells out how to keep employees safe during extreme weather.
Most importantly to remember is that it isn’t just the heat that will impact employees, but the humidity, calculated within the heat index. Knowing what each level of the heat index can mean to employee safety is important, and having a response as levels increase will keep employees safe during extreme weather.
Many companies assume that a heat stress policy is only important if employees are working outside, but this isn’t true, as being inside a building, even with A/C or great ventilation, can be equally dangerous, especially because employees may assume because they are inside, they aren’t susceptible to heat issues.
A quality response to dangerous levels of heat is more than just staying hydrated, it includes cool down time, the buddy system, and educating employees to be aware for themselves.
Partnering this policy with the heat awareness training, is important, as quality training will bring about awareness.
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