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1 Outdoor Heat Exposure WAC 296-62-095
Division of Occupational Safety & Health Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Summer 2010

2 Information and training
WAC Information and training Photo by Dan

3 Outdoor Heat Exposure – Employee Training
The following 8 slides contains Table 1 with the outdoor temperature action levels, the supervisor training requirements, and the employee training requirements from the Outdoor Heat Exposure standard for background information. You can use the provided quiz to start the training or use another method to capture the audience’s attention. There are slides towards the end of the presentation for you to fill in employer specific information.

4 Information and training
All training must be provided: To employees and supervisors In a language the employee or supervisor understands, Prior to outdoor work at or above the temperatures listed in WAC (2) Table 1, and At least annually thereafter.

5 Outdoor Temperature Action Levels
Table 1 To determine which temperature applies to each worksite, select the temperature associated with the general type of clothing or personal protective equipment (PPE) each employee is required to wear. Note: There is no requirement to maintain temperature records The temperatures in Table 1 were developed based on Washington State data and are not applicable to other states. All other clothing 89 degrees F Double-layer woven clothes including coveralls, jackets and sweatshirts (Note: also regular rain gear) 77 degrees F Non-breathing clothes including vapor barrier clothing or PPE such as chemical resistant suits 52 degrees F

6 Information and training
(2) Supervisor training Prior to supervising employees working in outdoor environments with heat exposure at or above the temperature levels listed in WAC (2) Table 1, supervisors must have training on the following topics:

7 Information and training for supervisors
The information required to be provided in subsection (1) of this section; The procedures the supervisor must follow to implement the applicable provisions of WAC through ; The procedures the supervisor must follow if an employee exhibits signs or symptoms consistent with possible heat-related illness, including appropriate emergency response procedures; Procedures for moving or transporting an employee(s) to a place where the employee(s) can be reached by an emergency medical service provider, if necessary.

8 Information and training
Employee training. Training on the following topics must be provided to all employees who may be exposed to outdoor heat at or above the temperatures listed in WAC (2) Table 1:

9 Information and training for employees
The environmental factors that contribute to the risk of heat-related illness; General awareness of personal factors that may increase susceptibility to heat-related illness including, but not limited to, an individual’s age, degree of acclimatization, medical conditions, drinking water consumption, alcohol use, caffeine use, nicotine use, and use of medications that affect the body’s responses to heat. This information is for the employee’s personal use;

10 Information and training for employees
The importance of removing heat-retaining personal protective equipment such as non-breathable chemical resistant clothing during all breaks; The importance of frequent consumption of small quantities of drinking water or other acceptable beverages; e) The importance of acclimatization;

11 Information and training for employees
f) The different types of heat-related illness and the common signs and symptoms of heat-related illness; and g) The importance of immediately reporting signs or symptoms of heat-related illness in either themselves or in co-workers to the person in charge and the procedures the employee must follow including appropriate emergency response procedures.

12 Quick Quiz – True or False
Cola drinks are the best way to hydrate when you are working outside. Light colored clothing is better than dark when working in the sun. Your medicine may make you more vulnerable to heat-related illness. It is important to drink your water all at once. Answers: 1. False 2. True 3. True 4. False

13 Training For All Employees

14 Why is it important to know about and address outdoor heat exposure?
Hot weather can cause mental and physical fatigue Extra care is needed when working and driving Heat exposure can cause heat-related illness under certain conditions Heat-related illness: Happens when the body is not able to cool itself and the body overheats Can cause injury, disability or death Is preventable NASA

15 Where does heat illness happen?
Heat illness can affect anyone. It can happen in logging, construction projects, landscaping, agriculture, field work, transportation, etc.

16 Environmental factors that contribute to the risk of heat-related illness

17 Environmental Factors
Direct sun, heat and humidity More direct sun the greater the risk Limited air movement Low or no wind

18 Environmental Factors
Hot equipment Engines add more heat Heat reflected from ground or objects Watch out for reflected heat

19 Environmental factors
Physical exertion What kind of work are you doing? How hard are you working? Photo credit:

20 Workload Activity Categories Example Activities Resting Sitting quietly Sitting with moderate arm movement Light Sitting with moderate arm and leg movements Standing with light work at machine or bench while using mostly arms Using a table saw Standing with light work at machine or bench and some walking about Driving a tractor (at times can be moderate)

21 Categories Example Activities Moderate Scrubbing in a standing position Walking about with moderate lifting or pushing Walking on level at about 4 miles/hr while carrying 6-7 pound weight load Heavy Carpenter sawing by hand Going up and down ladders Chopping weeds Heavy assembly work on a non-continuous basis Intermittent heavy lifting with pushing or pulling (e.g. pick-and-shovel work) Very Heavy Shoveling wet sand Bucking hay bales Hand chopping hops vines

22 Environmental factors
Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Heavy clothing Multiple layers Dark colored clothing Protective Clothing Vapor barrier clothing Chemical resistant suits Respiratory Protection

23 Personal factors that may make you more susceptible to heat-related illness

24 Personal risk factors Dehydration
Failure to drink enough water can make you dehydrated Loss of electrolytes When you sweat you lose electrolytes Electrolytes are needed for your body to function Illness/fever

25 Personal risk factors Age, weight, and personal fitness
Past heat-related illness Medical conditions Heart conditions Diabetes Etc. Certain medications See next slide Age over 40, overweight, and poor fitness increase the risk of heat illness.

26 Some medications can make you more sensitive to the effects of heat.
Allergy medicines (antihistamines) Cough and cold medicines Blood pressure and heart medicines Irritable bladder or bowel medicines Laxatives Mental health medicines Seizure medicines Thyroid pills Water pills (diuretics) A health care provider or pharmacist can tell you for sure.

27 Diet Personal risk factors Sugar added drinks Heavy foods Alcohol

28 Don’t fall for these beliefs – we want you healthy!
Personal risk factors “I’m tough ~ I don’t need a water break” “I’m not thirsty ~ I don’t need to drink” “I’ll lose pay if I take a water break” “I’ll be letting my team down” “I’m new here ~ I need to prove myself” POSSIBLE WORKPLACE DISCUSSIONS – IMPORTANT THAT LEADERS SUPPORT HEAT STRESS PREVENTION MEASURES discussion of how protective gear can be inconvenient and uncomfortable - and how to minimize these problems; how economic and other pressures of crop production can cause employers and workers themselves to resist interrupting work, even when heat stress conditions become hazardous; how some workers deliberately limit the amount of water they drink; and how flexibility and the use of experience and good judgment are important when setting work/rest cycles. Don’t fall for these beliefs – we want you healthy!

29 Helpful tips for working in the heat – Work smart
Have a “Buddy System” to keep an eye on co-workers for symptoms of heat illness such as crankiness and denial Increase breaks if: Conditions are very hot; or High exertion levels; or Protective clothing limits evaporative cooling Alternate heavy work with light work when possible When possible, schedule the hardest work for the cooler parts of the day

30 Helpful tips for working in the heat - Work smart
Work in the shade or out of direct sun when possible Avoid getting sunburned Wear proper clothing Light colored Light weight Natural fibers Hat with a brim Cooling vest may be helpful in some cases.

31 Remove PPE and excess clothing during breaks
This is important to help you stay cool

32 Water It is important to drink small quantities of water throughout the day. One quart or more over the course of an hour may be necessary when the work environment is hot and you may be sweating more than usual as you work. Employers are responsible for encouraging water consumption. Employees are responsible for monitoring their own personal factors for heat-related illness including consumption of water or other acceptable beverages to ensure hydration.

33 Proper hydration is key to preventing heat illness
DO Drink plenty of water Start work well hydrated Consider sports drinks for electrolyte replacement when sweating a lot AVOID Drinking pop and other sugary drinks Drinking lots of coffee and tea Drinking alcohol Waiting for thirst before drinking water By “hydration” we mean drinking enough water. If you become dehydrated, heat illness can occur. The most effective way for preventing heat stress is to steadily replenish the water that the body loses as sweat. Drinking a large amount of water all at once after sweating heavily for a long time is not as effective and can even be dangerous. About 1 quart every hour Cool liquids are better than ice cold Supply adequate water and encourage employees to drink regularly. Workers in restricted environments (sewers, etc.) should drink before entry and at regular intervals.

34 Drinking water sources:
Closeable & have tap Clearly marked Suitably cool (60 degrees Fahrenheit or less) Individual cups Note: Suitably cool water should be sixty degrees Fahrenheit or less. During hot weather, employees may require up to three gallons of water per day.With this water consumption comes a need to use the bathroom. Facilities need to be available and workers must be given the opportunity to use them as needed. Other options: Bottled water Hydration packs (“camelbacks”) Lightweight bags carried on the back. Users sip water through a tube. Hydration pack Worker wearing hydration pack

35 Acclimatization When people are not used to being in the heat they need to adjust (acclimate) to hot working conditions over a few days. In severe heat, gradually build up exposure time especially if work is strenuous. Eastern WA workers experience more heat and are better acclimated. Western WA workers experience heat less often and do not have the opportunity to acclimate. Pay special attention to: New employees People just back from being sick Anyone absent for more than 2 weeks People who have just moved from a cooler climate Everyone during heat wave events

36 Types of Heat Illnesses
There are five main kinds of heat illness: Heat rash – often under clothing Heat cramps – in arms or legs with physical labor. Can be caused by the loss of electrolytes from sweating. Fainting – can occur when person not used to heat Heat exhaustion – more serious effect Heat stroke – can be fatal

37 Heat exhaustion and Heat stroke
What are the most serious heat illnesses? Heat exhaustion and Heat stroke Heat Exhaustion Heat Stroke Dehydration Heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when the body becomes dehydrated – loses too much water. NOTE: pesticide poisoning and heat stroke have similar symptoms. This is more likely to occur in agriculture. If there is any doubt about the illness, get medical help immediately. Both pesticide poisoning and heat stroke can be life-threatening and require prompt treatment. Untreated heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke. Symptoms of either should always be taken seriously Note: Heat exhaustion or heat stroke may develop over a few days.

38 Heat-related illness: Signs, symptoms, and response
Signs and Symptoms Response Heat rash Red blister-like eruptions/bumps Itching (prickly sensation) Rest in a cool place. Allow the skin to dry. Monitor for infection. Heat Cramps Painful spasms Abnormal body posture Grasping the affected area Drink water or a heavily diluted sports beverage (such as Gatorade). Seek medical attention if cramping is severe or does not go away.

39 Heat exhaustion: Signs and symptoms
Illness Signs and Symptoms Heat exhaustion Headaches, Dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting Weakness, Mood changes, irritability or confusion Feeling sick to your stomach and/or vomiting Extreme sweating Decreased and dark-colored urine Pale clammy skin

40 Heat exhaustion: Response
• Move the person to a cool, shaded area. Don’t leave the person alone. If the person is dizzy or light-headed, lay him on his back and raise his legs about 6-8 inches. If the person is sick to his stomach, lay him on his side. • Loosen and remove heavy clothing. • Have the person drink some cool water (a small cup every 15 minutes) if he is not feeling sick to his stomach. • Try to cool the person by fanning him. Cool the skin with a cool spray mist of water or wet cloth. • If the person does not feel better in a few minutes call for emergency help (ambulance or 911.) If heat exhaustion is not treated, the illness may advance to heat stroke.

41 Heat stroke: Signs and symptoms
Illness Signs and Symptoms Heat stroke Dry, pale skin, Sweating may still be present Nausea and vomiting Hot, red skin (looks like sunburn) Mood changes, irritability, confusion, and not making any sense Seizures or fits Collapse (will not respond) High temperature (104° F or higher)

42 Heat Stroke or Heat Exhaustion?
The telling difference is mental confusion/disorientation in ALL heat stroke victims. You can ask these 3 questions. "What is your name?" "What day is this?" "Where are we?" If a worker can’t answer these questions, assume it is heat stroke. How do you tell the difference??

43 Heat stroke: Response - A Medical Emergency
Call for emergency help (ambulance or 911) Move the person to a cool, shaded area. Don’t leave the person alone. Lay him on his back and if the person is having seizures, remove objects close to him so he won’t hit them. If the person is sick to his stomach, lay him on his side. Remove heavy and outer clothing. Have the person drink small amounts of cool water if he is alert enough to drink anything and not feeling sick to his stomach. Try to cool the person by fanning him or her. Cool the skin with a cool spray mist of water, wet cloth, or wet sheet. If ice is available, place ice packs in armpits and groin area.

44 Important! Stop all activity if you become: Lightheaded Confused Weak Faint Or have a pounding heart or trouble breathing Tell the person in charge if you or one of your co-workers experience symptoms of heat-related illness.

45 How emergency medical services will be provided should they become necessary:
(Fill in your information below)

46 Remember – to prevent heat illness:
Drink water frequently !! Know the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses and take them seriously Consider sports drinks when sweating a lot Avoid alcohol, caffeinated drinks, and heavy meals before or during work Work smart Acclimate Wear appropriate clothing Take regular breaks Keep an eye on your buddy! Photo credit:

47 Information and training for supervisors
The procedures the supervisor is to follow to implement the applicable provisions in this section. Procedures at our worksite are: (Fill in your information below)

48 Information and training for supervisors
The procedures the supervisor is to follow when an employee exhibits signs or symptoms consistent with possible heat-related illness, including emergency response procedures; At our worksite we will: (Fill in your information below)

49 Information and training for supervisors
Procedures for moving employees to a place where they can be reached by an emergency medical service provider, if necessary. Our procedures are: (Fill in your information below)

50 Additional Resources Washington State Department of Labor and Industries – Outdoor heat exposure resources Washington State Department of Labor and Industries – Video Library Heat Stress: Don't Lose Your Cool - Video ID: V0931 Working Safely in Hot Environments - Video ID: V0955 Heat Stress Prevention - Video ID: V0092 Heat Stress - Video ID: V0358

51 Additional Help Contact L&I Consultants
You can call one of our industrial hygiene or safety consultants for additional assistance in evaluating your workplace for heat-related illness hazards. This is a confidential, free service not connected to regulatory inspections. Click below for local L&I office locations: Phone numbers can be found on the next slide.

52 Contact L&I Consultants
Region 1: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties Region 2: or King County Region 3: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Pierce counties Region 4: Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties Region 5: Adams  (west county), Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Okanogan, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties Region 6: Adams (east county), Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Orielle, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties

53 Questions?

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