Heat Stress Causes

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SKU: C-371Duration: 21 Minutes Certificate Included

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Course Details


Training Time: 21 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on:

  • • The General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health—Section 5(a)(1)
  • • Materials from OSHA and state labor agencies on heat exposure
  • • Current scientific and medical findings
  • • Accepted best work practices for preventing heat exposure

Languages: English, Spanish
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Heat stress is a serious concern in many workplaces. Every year heat stress affects thousands of people, and some die as a result. This course provides the information you'll need to "beat the heat" and keep yourself and other workers safe. You'll learn about the different types of heat stress, from the least severe (heat rash) to the most severe (heat stroke). It will explain how the body reacts to heat, and the causes of heat stress. Finally, it will list some factors that affect how individuals tolerate heat.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • List the causes of heat stress
  • Describe how the body cools itself
  • List factors that affect the ability to tolerate heat

The following key questions are answered in this module:

At what temperature does a person begin to experience heat stress?
When a person's core body temperature reaches greater than 100.4 degrees.

What are some of the forms of heat stress?
Heat rash, cramps, fainting, exhaustion, and heat stroke can all occur when a person is overheated.

How does the body cool itself?
Sweat and increased blood circulation draw heat from the body and distribute cooled blood to help lower core temperature.

What is the Heat Index?
It's also called the Temperature-humidity index. It's a way to combine the effects of temperature and humidity to relate how hot it actually feels. Low temperatures with high humidity can have a higher heat index than high heat without any humidity at all.

What are some physical factors that can affect heat stress safety?
Age, weight, physical fitness, and metabolism all affect a person's ability to deal with heat.

Does alcohol or drug use make you more susceptible to heat stress?
Yes. They reduce the body's natural ability to adjust to heat, and can cause a person to make poor decisions about the best ways to cope with heat.

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Heat stress can be caused by several factors including high temperatures, high humidity, strenuous physical activity, direct contact with hot objects, being close to radiate heat sources, and working in enclosed work areas. The next sections will cover theses in more detail.

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html
  • OSHA Training Publications Quick Card - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3154.pdf
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – www.cdc.gov/niosh/
  • NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics - http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/

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Heat stress

“Great video and learning tool. Quizes were definetely very helpful as well. Overall, this made our training seamless.”

Keith Lewallen Verified Customer

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