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HEAT ILLNESS PROGRAM
HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION PLAN
Company Name: HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Date:
Facility Location: PO BOX 1162 ROUGH & READY, CA 95975
1.
Person(s) responsible for heat illness planning and information is/are:
COMPANY SAFETY DIRECTOR, Safety Officer and jobsite supervisors
2.
The following is a list of job titles and locations where employees work outdoors
and may be at risk of heat illness:
Job Title
Location(s)
Solar Installation Laborer
All locations
Underground Utility Laborer
All locations
Concrete/AC Laborer
All locations
Carpentry Laborer
All locations
HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
3.
HEAT ILLNESS PROGRAM
Identifying heat illness types
HCI has identified the following heat-related conditions that employees may experience,
the symptoms and causes of each and first aid steps to be taken:
Heat Illness
Symptoms
Causes
First Aid
Heat Rash
Appears as a red cluster of
pimples or small blisters,
most likely to be found on
the neck and upper chest, in
the groin,
under the breasts, and
in elbow creases.
Wash the affected area with
soap and water and dry it
thoroughly. Apply calamine
lotion or powder to relieve
discomfort. The use of
creams or ointment should
be avoided as they may
aggravate the condition.
Heat Cramps
Painful or involuntary
muscle spasms or
prolonged or painful
spasms particularly in the
calves, abdomen and/or
back.
Excessive sweating during
hot humid weather can
cause heat rash. This
occurs when
the body substantially
reduces its ability to sweat,
thereby reducing the
employee’s tolerance to
heat.
Electrolyte imbalance
caused by sweating.
Heat Exhaustion
Extreme weakness or
fatigue, giddiness, nausea
or headache. The skin is
clammy and moist, while
the body temperatures are
normal or slightly elevated.
Sweating continues, but
may stop if temperature
rises rapidly and heat
stroke occurs. The
symptoms include:
• Heavy sweating
with cool, moist
skin
• Fast, but weak pulse rate
• Shallow, fast breathing
• Paleness
• Muscle cramps
• Excessive fatigue
• Dizziness
• Headache
• Nausea or vomiting
• Fainting
Exposure to high
temperature resulting in
loss of fluid through
sweating and from not
drinking enough
replacement fluids.
Interrupt all activity and
remove victim to a cool
environment. Increase
intake of a sports beverage
or water or juice. Continued
rest for several hours is
recommended. Seek
medical attention if the
cramps do not subside
within one hour, as this may
be a symptom of heat
exhaustion.
Call emergency assistance
or 911.
Rest the victim in a cool
place or provide a cool
shower, spray or sponge
bath.
If conscious, provide the
victim with a sports
beverage, or water or juice,
but not with any beverage
containing caffeine or
alcohol.
Severe cases, in which
the victim vomits or loses
consciousness, may
require longer treatment
under medical
supervision.
HARDCORE
CONSTRUCTION,
INC.
Heat Illness
Symptoms
Heat Stroke
4.
Mental confusion, delirium,
loss of consciousness,
convulsions or coma. Body
temperature of 102-104° F
or higher. Hot, dry skin that
may be red, mottled or
bluish.
Pulse can be rapid and
weak. Throbbing headache,
shallow breathing.
Causes HEAT
Body fails to regulate its
core temperature.
Sweating stops and the
body can no longer release
excess heat.
ILLNESSFirst
PROGRAM
Aid
Immediately call
emergency assistance or
911.
While awaiting medical help,
move the victim to the
coolest, shadiest spot
available and fan vigorously.
Gradually soak the victim’s
skin and clothing with cool
(not cold) water. You may
place the victim in a tub of
cool water, in a cool shower
or sponge with cool water. If
the humidity is low, wrap the
victim in a cool, wet sheet
and place in front of a fan to
aid evaporation.
If conscious, provide the
victim with a sports
beverage, or water or juice,
but not with any beverage
containing caffeine or
alcohol.
Monitor body temperature
and continue cooling until it
drops to no higher than
102°F.
Preventing Heat Illness
HCI takes the following steps to prevent heat illness among employees:
Training
HCI provides training in the following areas to each employee (supervisors and
non-supervisory employees) before the employee begins work that may result in
exposure to the risk of heat illness:
 The environmental and personal risk factors for heat illness, as well as the
added burden of heat load on the body caused by exertion, clothing, and
personal protective equipment
 The employer’s procedures for complying with the requirements of this
standard
 The importance of frequent consumption of small quantities of water, up
to 4 cups per hour, when the work environment is hot and employees are
likely to be sweating more than usual in the performance of their duties
 The importance of acclimatization
 The different types of heat illness and the common signs and symptoms of
heat illness
 The importance to employees of immediately reporting to the employer,
directly or through the employee’s supervisor, symptoms or signs of heat
illness in themselves, or in co-workers
 The employer’s procedures for responding to symptoms of possible heat
illness, including how emergency medical services will be provided
should they become necessary
 The employer’s procedures for contacting emergency medical services,
HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
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and if necessary, for transporting employees to a point where they can be
reached by an emergency medical service provider
The employer’s procedures for ensuring that, in the event of an
emergency, clear and precise directions to the work site can and will be
provided as needed to emergency responders. These procedures shall
include designating a person to be available to ensure that emergency
procedures are invoked when appropriate.
Supervisor Training
Before a supervisory employee performs work that may result in exposure to the
risk of heat illness, the supervisor will be trained on the following topics:
 All training information that is required to be provided to employees
 The procedures the supervisor is to follow to implement all the
requirements of heat illness training and response to heat illness
 The procedures the supervisor is to follow when an employee
exhibits symptoms consistent with possible heat illness, including
emergency response procedures
 How to monitor weather reports and how to respond to hot weather advisories
Acclimatization
Provide sufficient acclimatization to working in heat when employees are first
exposed through modification of work schedules or reduced periods of
exposure. HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC. understands that
acclimatization peaks in most people within four to 14 days of regular work for
at least two hours per day in the heat.
Water
HCI will provide continuous, ready access to fresh, pure, suitably cool
drinking water and encourages the consumption of water throughout the work
shift in small quantities, up to four cups per hour either through piped-in water
supplies or by providing portable water supplies in containers that comply
with Cal/OSHA standards such as water bottles or a water cooler. The jobsite
supervisor will monitor the water supply and replenish as needed.
Shade
 Shade that provides blockage of direct sunlight will be provided. The shade
will be either open to the air or provided with ventilation or cooling. The
amount of shade will be enough to accommodate all employees on the shift
at any time, so that they can sit in a normal posture fully in the shade
without having to be in physical contact with each other.
 Employees will be allowed and encouraged to take a cool-down rest in the
shade for at least five minutes at a time when they feel the need to do so to
protect against overheating. Shade will be in a location as close as
practicable to work areas. Employees who believe they are being denied
cool down periods should contact COMPANY SAFETY DIRECTOR,
Safety Officer.
HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
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When the temperature does not exceed 80 degrees F, shade will be
available to employees.
When the outdoor temperature in the work area exceeds 80 degrees F, one
or more areas with shade will be maintained and available at all times while
employees are present.
Emergency Procedures
 For each location at which employees work, all employees will be provided
with access to a means with which to reach emergency services or 9-1-1
and clear instructions will be posted at the worksite and/or given to each
employee to instruct emergency services or 9-1-1 as to how to most rapidly
reach the workplace in case of emergency.
 Employees will be provided with HCI procedures for transporting
employees to a point where they can be reached by emergency medical
service providers, if necessary.
 HCI will designate a person to be available to ensure that emergency
procedures are invoked, when appropriate.
High-Heat Procedures
When the temperature equals or exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit, these procedures will be
implemented to the extent practicable:
 Employees will be observed for alertness and signs or symptoms of heat illness.
 Employees will be reminded throughout the work shift to drink plenty of water.
 New employees will be closely monitored (by a supervisor or designee) for
the first 14 days of employment, unless the employee indicated at the time
of hire that he/she has been doing similar outdoor work for at least 10 of the
past 30 days for four or more hours per day.
 Effective communication will be ensured so that employees at the work site
can communicate with a supervisor when necessary. Communication can be
by voice, observation or electronic means.
5. Recognizing Heat Illness
HCI will train employees and supervisors on:
 The different types of heat illness and the common signs and symptoms of
heat illness.
 The importance to employees of immediately reporting symptoms or signs
of heat illness in themselves or in co-workers, to the employer, directly or
through the employee's supervisor
 Our specific procedures for responding to symptoms of possible heat
illness, including how emergency medical services will be provided should
they become necessary
 Our procedures for contacting emergency medical services, and if
necessary, for transporting employees to a point where they can be reached
by an emergency medical service provider
 Our procedures for ensuring that clear and precise directions to the work
HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
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HEAT ILLNESS PROGRAM
site can and will be provided as needed to emergency responders
Notifying employees as to who the designated person(s) on each shift who
is available to ensure emergency procedures are invoked when appropriate
6. Reporting emergencies
Employees must immediately report signs of heat illness in themselves or any other
employee to a supervisor. If no supervisor is immediately available, employees should
report to the following emergency responders:
Medical Assistance: 911
or Fire Department:
911
or Police:
911
The person reporting must provide the emergency responder with the employer's name, the
nature of the emergency, the location of the victim and directions to the location as stated in
information given to each employee and/or posted at the worksite.
7. Designated/trained first aid and medical emergency providers
The following person(s) is/are designated and trained first aid providers:
8. When the temperature will be 95 degrees F or higher, employees at the work site
will communicate with the designated supervisor by immediately speaking with
them in person or by phone.
HARDCORE CONSTRUCTION, INC.
HEAT ILLNESS PROGRAM
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
You should avoid working outside in excessive heat for prolonged periods until you:
 Have completed this training
 Have had your questions answered
 Have been trained by your respective supervisor
 Have signed your training acknowledgement
I affirm that I have been trained in heat illness prevention.
Name (Print): ________________________________ Date: ___________________
Signature:
_________________________________________________________
Safety Officer Signature: __________________________________________
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