In the winter, it’s generally acceptable to let workers exposed to the risk of cold stress use portable space heaters to stay warm and avoid hypothermia and other cold stress related illnesses. But portable heaters pose their own hazards, such as burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. So it’s important that you ensure that this equipment is safe to use and that workers use it properly.
HOW TO USE THE TOOL
Adapt this checklist for your operations, OHS program and the requirements in your jurisdiction’s OHS regulations for portable heaters. Require workers and/or supervisors to complete the checklist regularly to ensure the safe use of these devices.