The plan covers hydration, training, and responding to emergencies; it applies to UW personnel performing work in an outdoor environment when personnel are exposed to outdoor heat at or above a temperature action level from May through September.
UW units with personnel who work outdoors should take the following steps:
- Review the UW unit responsibilities for preventing outdoor heat exposure listed on the Outdoor Heat Exposure webpage.
- Download the Outdoor Heat Exposure Prevention Plan template and customize it for specific tasks and work environments.
- Require all personnel who are required to perform a work activity outdoors for more than 15 minutes in any 60-minute period at any time during the months of May through September to complete the Outdoor Heat Exposure and Heat-Related Illness online training course.
- Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, including life-threatening heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and be prepared to respond.
Preventing heat-related illness is essential to reducing the risk of accidents and injuries because heat exhaustion can make even the healthiest workers more susceptible to falls, equipment-related injuries, and other on-the-job safety hazards.
Visit the Outdoor Heat Exposure webpage for more information.