Who could be affected by heat?

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Workers exposed to hot indoor environments or hot and humid conditions outdoors are at risk of heat-related illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky or non-breathable protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions, or if they have certain health conditions. …

Why is heat a hazard to workers?

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When a person works in a hot environment, the body must get rid of excess heat to maintain a stable internal temperature. It does this mainly through circulating blood to the skin and through sweating.   When the air temperature is close to or warmer than normal body temperature, cooling of the body becomes more difficult. Blood circulated to the …

How does the body react to cold conditions?

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In a cold environment, most of the body’s energy is used to keep the internal core temperature warm. Over time, the body will begin to shift blood flow from the extremities (hands, feet, arms, and legs) and outer skin to the core (chest and abdomen). This shift allows the exposed skin and the extremities to cool rapidly and increases the …

How cold is too cold?

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What constitutes extreme cold and its effects can vary across different areas of the country. In regions that are not used to winter weather, near freezing temperatures are considered “extreme cold.” A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its temperature. Whenever temperatures drop below normal and wind speed increases, heat can leave your body more rapidly. …

What is the employer’s training responsibility associated with heat & cold injuries?

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Although OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in hot or cold environments, employers have a responsibility to provide workers a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards, including heat and cold stress, which are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to them (Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and …