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 Health Act of 1970). Employers should, therefore, train workers on the hazards of the job and safety measures to use, such as engineering controls and safe work practices, that will protect workers’ safety and health.

Employers should train workers on how to prevent and recognize heat & cold stress illnesses and injuries and how to apply first aid treatment. Workers should be trained on the appropriate engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practices to reduce the risk of heat & cold stress.

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