Heat/cold stress

When the weather’s too hot or cold, workers can suffer. Browse these resources to find information on how to prevent temperature-related injuries and illnesses.

Oregon OSHA

Visit the Oregon OSHA website [Heat stress] [Cold stress] for information on how to recognize and respond to heat and cold stress. Start here: 


Heat stress safety prevention plan
A blank template employers can use to protect workers from heat stress. 

Working safely in heat  (Spanish)
A 10 minute safety talk for employees 

Heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke: Learn the symptoms [Spanish] [Poster] [Spanish]
This handout and poster offer a side-by-side comparison of two heat illnesses and the appropriate response for each one.

Protect your workers from heat and humidity (OSHA) [Spanish]
Explains how to use the heat index to determine when extra precautions are needed.  

Protect your workers from heat stress (infographic) (CDC) 
A quick visual guide to help you prepare for working in hot weather.

Protecting Workers from Heat Illness (OSHA/NIOSH)
This Info Sheet outlines measures employers should take to prevent heat-related illnesses and death.

Protecting yourself from Cold Stress (OSHA/NIOSH)
Fast facts sheet outlining the dangers for workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments.

For information on heat stress related to the sun, see the Sun safety page.

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