Heat Stress Compliance Centre
The hazards workers can be exposed to aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Heat is one example. Exposure to extreme heat, whether due to the weather or from equipment, such as ovens and furnaces, can make workers sick—and even kill them. So employers need to understand their duty to protect workers from heat stress and how to protect them, such as by warning them of the dangers signs of heat-related illnesses.
With summer temperatures expected to increase in the future, it’s critical that you implement safety measures to protect workers vulnerable to heat stress.
It’s officially summer now, which means that workers who do their jobs outside will be exposed to hot and humid weather and thus vulnerable to heat stress.
Post this infographic from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, which shows how sun exposure at work increases workers' risk of skin cancer.
Here are 5 reasons you should take steps to protect your workers from heat-stress related illnesses this summer.
Adapt and give this handout to all workers who work outside at any time of the year as part of a safety talk on sun protection at work.
Use this checklist as a guide to implementing safety measures to control workers' exposure to UV radiation on the job.
Display this poster from Sun Safety at Work Canada to teach workers about six steps they can take to protect their skin and eyes from the sun.
Adapt this handout and give it to workers who are exposed to heat and/or humidity in conjunction with a safety talk on heat exhaustion.