Best practices for employers with outdoor workers:
- Train employees and supervisors in heat illness prevention, as well as how to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness and what to do if someone exhibits symptoms
- On days when temperatures require preventive measures, increase the volume of water available to employees. California suggests one quart per hour. It is not enough to simply provide it - workers must be encouraged to drink the water.
- Have shade available for outdoor workers and allow frequent breaks - at least 5 minutes of rest when an employee believes they need a preventative recovery period.
- Have the ability to appropriately respond to any employee with symptoms of illness
- Allow gradual acclimation for workers unaccustomed to working outside - it can take 4 to 14 days
- Know where the nearest hospital is and directions to your work site in case emergency medical attention is needed
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