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Heat and Cold
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This topic covers safety issues related to working in hot or cold conditions, including heat stress, sun safety, hypothermia, and other temperature-related hazards.

OSHA does not have specific standards for heat and cold; however, these conditions are covered under the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All employers have a duty to provide a safe workplace free from recognized serious hazards, including extreme heat and cold.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • PPE—General for information on personal protective equipment used to reduce employee exposure to hazardous conditions
  • Agriculture for information on temperature-related hazards specific to agriculture

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Interpretations Acceptable methods to reduce heat stress hazards in the workplace.[OSHAct 5(a)(1)] 10/17/2001National
Cartoons Ants heat stress  National
Talks Be Cool (Word)  National
Posters Beat the Heat (PDF)  National
Training Tips Brrrrrrrace Your Workers for the Cold  National
News CDC: Acclimatization is essential to reducing heat fatalities 08/14/2014National
Training Tips Cold Comfort  National
Guidance Documents Cold Stress Card (English Version)  National
Guidance Documents Cold Stress Card (PDF)  National
Plans Cold Stress Plan  National
Cartoons Coping with the Heat (JPG)  National
Cartoons Coping with winter weather  National
Handouts Dealing Safely with Snow and Ice (PDF)  National
Quizzes Dealing Safely with Snow and Ice (PDF)  National
Handouts Dealing Safely with Snow and Ice (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Dealing Safely with Snow and Ice (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Dealing Safely with Snow and Ice (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA regulate the temperature that employees work in? 08/09/2010National
Training Tips Dog days of summer  National
White Papers Don't let these 4 hazards give you the summertime blues! 07/16/2014National
Guidance Documents Excessive Heat Events Guidebook (PDF)  National
Talks Frostbite (Word)  National
Safety Slogans Heat and Cold  National
Regulatory Analysis Heat and Cold  National
Trainer's Outlines Heat illness: How to keep your employees safe and productive when the mercury rises  National
Guidance Documents Heat illness: How to keep your workers safe and productive when the mercury rises  National
Guidance Documents Heat Stress Card (English Version)  National
Guidance Documents Heat Stress Card (PDF)  National
Guidance Documents Heat Stress Guidance  National
Plans Heat Stress Prevention Plan  National
Audio Presentations Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions  National
Speaker's Notes Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions - Script View  National
Handouts Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions (PDF)  National
PowerPoints Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions (PPT)  National
Quizzes Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions (Word)  National
Training Exercises Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions Exercise 1 (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Heat Stress--Working in Hot Conditions Exercise 2 (PDF)  National
Training Tips Hot Tips for Working in the Heat  National
Questions & Answers How do we comply with the general duty clause and have our employees perform duties in their FRs during extreme temperature periods at our facility? 02/28/2014National
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