Work in hot environments can result in heat illness, a group of medical conditions caused by the body’s inability to cope with heat, and can be fatal. All university employees who work outdoors may be at risk for heat illness including, but not limited to, field researchers, grounds crews, maintenance workers, and special event staff.
Workers performing job duties outside should always
- Follow the campus Heat Illness Prevention & Response Plan. Important guidelines include:
- Scheduling breaks.
- Providing ample shade and water.
- Monitoring workers for signs and symptoms of heat illness.
- Resting in shade if experiencing heat exhaustion; don't return to work in the sun.
- If someone is experiencing heat stroke, immediately call 911 and apply first aid. Signs of heat stroke include: hot/red/dry skin, acting confused or disoriented, falling unconscious.
- Ensure completion of heat illness prevention training via these options:
When the temperature exceeds 95°
Pay attention to details in the Work Planning and Site Checklist for high heat requirements, including more frequent breaks, the buddy system, and pre-shift check-in regarding heat.