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HOW TO SPRUCE UP YOUR
HEAT STRESS PROGRAM
By Gina Duke
Duke Consulting Unlimited
AWARENESS
• Training
• During the month prior to when
employees will begin to feel
uncomfortable due to heat, add Heat
Str...
MEASUREMENT
• Purchase inexpensive analog
hygrometers and place them in
highly visible places throughout
the production fl...
MEASUREMENT
• Along with the hygrometer,
provide a heat index table.
• Pay close attention to the
caution temps in yellow ...
REMEDIES
As you check your heat index and determine
to utilize administrative controls, consider the
following schedule to...
MEDICAL ATTENTION
• Take all complaints of heat stress
related symptoms seriously
• Move employee to cool area or first
ai...
MEDICAL ATTENTION
Author’s Note: I once had a middle-aged woman faint at work on a
mid-summer’s day. She was treated and i...
DISCLAIMER
This presentation is for personal enjoyment only. The views
expressed are those of the author’s alone, and shou...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This slideshow is part of a presentation of the
Chronicles of the Corporate Mom by Gina
Duke.
Gina is the...
OTHER TOPICS FROM THE
CHRONICLES…
Check out encouraging and
humorous stories, along with other
HR programs of the Corporat...
GINA’S BOOK
If you are a person of faith, I
recommend my award-winning
book, Organizing Your Prayer
Closet: A New and Life...
COMING SOON
Do you dream of publishing a book
one day?
If so, I can guide you through your
journey to making your publishi...
FOLLOW GINA
@TheGinaDuke
@TheGinaDuke
@churchtownministries
/gduke
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Spruce Up Your Heat Stress Program

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Spruce Up Your Heat Stress Program

  1. 1. HOW TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HEAT STRESS PROGRAM By Gina Duke Duke Consulting Unlimited
  2. 2. AWARENESS • Training • During the month prior to when employees will begin to feel uncomfortable due to heat, add Heat Stress awareness training to your meetings, i.e. plant-wide, production, toolbox, safety, etc. By doing this in advance of the heat, your employees will be comforted to know there is a plan in place, which should lessen the complaints. It’s a win-win. • Refresh your first aid responders on how to handle heat-related illnesses. • Other Awareness Suggestions • Consider creative ways to keep the message in front of them. For example, purchase large water mugs with your company logo on one side, and heat stress prevention tips on the other side.
  3. 3. MEASUREMENT • Purchase inexpensive analog hygrometers and place them in highly visible places throughout the production floor. • On days where your Heat Stress Program will be in effect, make hourly recordings of both the temperature and heat index/relative humidity. (Tracking this will also be helpful in worker’s comp cases)
  4. 4. MEASUREMENT • Along with the hygrometer, provide a heat index table. • Pay close attention to the caution temps in yellow and red, and make adjustments accordingly.
  5. 5. REMEDIES As you check your heat index and determine to utilize administrative controls, consider the following schedule to the right. Thresholds can be modified as well as the various administrative controls. Consider seeking advice from a medical professional or industrial hygienist. The example to the right is ONLY an example. You may also consider adjusting shift times to avoid the hottest part of the day. Note: Because you will be posting the administrative controls along with the heat index chart and hygrometer, you will need to make sure that it is enforced. Supervisors may try to ignore it in order to meet production numbers. While that is admirable, your employee’s safety must be everyone’s priority. Note: I do not recommend Gatorade-type drinks. It is not healthy for everyone, nor is it the right type of replenishment for workers. Plus, it is not a value-added task for any department to administer. Lastly, because many coolers are not properly cleaned, they can lead to sickness and general disgust, Administrative Controls for Preventing Heat Stress Make water coolers available on production floor once employees begin feeling uncomfortable due to heat, if not already available full-time. > 85 Offer Company provided headbands > 90 Plus Company provided neck coolers > 95 Plus icicles available on breaks (Gatorade packets available in First Aid area) > 100 Plus extend breaks by 5 minutes > 105 Plus hourly water replenishment break(s) in cooler break area; this is not a smoke break. All employees must come to the cool break area and drink at least 1 cup of water; however, more is recommended > 110 All the above plus extend scheduled breaks by another 5 minutes in cool break area. Rotate workers out of critical areas. Consider ceasing production. * Showers are also available for cooling off in restrooms (then put on cool, clean and dry clothes)
  6. 6. MEDICAL ATTENTION • Take all complaints of heat stress related symptoms seriously • Move employee to cool area or first aid area • Provide water and a wet towel • Call for certified Frist Aid Responders. • Follow all first aid treatments Note: I did away with all Gatorade coolers, and only provide water on the floor. I do however keep single use Gatorade packets on hand to provide employees upon request.
  7. 7. MEDICAL ATTENTION Author’s Note: I once had a middle-aged woman faint at work on a mid-summer’s day. She was treated and it was deemed heat-related. The problem with this diagnosis was that she worked in a temperature controlled environment. Although it was a little warmer in the plant than usual, temperatures were not even in the caution zone of the heat stress index. The employee simply stated to the doctor that she felt overheated and therefore, the doctor deemed it as a heat stroke. One year later, this woman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. When diagnosis like this do not match the circumstances, consider discussing with employee and suggest they may want to consider a second opinion with their own private physician.
  8. 8. DISCLAIMER This presentation is for personal enjoyment only. The views expressed are those of the author’s alone, and should not be taken as expert instruction or commands. The reader is responsible for his or her own actions.
  9. 9. ABOUT THE AUTHOR This slideshow is part of a presentation of the Chronicles of the Corporate Mom by Gina Duke. Gina is the award-winning author of Organizing Your Prayer Closet, a blogger and national speaker. She also has over 20 years of Human Resources Management experience in the automotive industry. She specializes in start- ups and turn-around/restructuring management. Her expertise is in implementing effective safety and human resources programs.
  10. 10. OTHER TOPICS FROM THE CHRONICLES… Check out encouraging and humorous stories, along with other HR programs of the Corporate Mom, at http://ginaduke.com/the- chronicles-of-the-corp-mom/ There you will find other presentations: Establishing High Expectations for Your Team 5 Considerations for Managing Perks Building a World-Class Absence Management Program. The title of this edition is “When Things Heat Up”
  11. 11. GINA’S BOOK If you are a person of faith, I recommend my award-winning book, Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray. It won 2014’s BEST Book on Prayer by Christian Retailing. Not only does it teach on prayer, but it also facilitates it for you with a 60-week structured prayer journal called, The Prayer Closet Organizer. You can read more about it at: http://ginaduke.com/my-book/
  12. 12. COMING SOON Do you dream of publishing a book one day? If so, I can guide you through your journey to making your publishing dream come true. I will tell you everything you should be doing right now to get your book published without an agent, and give you a free downloadable RIGHT NOW workbook. This eBook will be available in late spring of 2015 on Amazon. Watch for it! *Even though I currently do not have affiliate links, that may change in the near future. This is my disclosure.
  13. 13. FOLLOW GINA @TheGinaDuke @TheGinaDuke @churchtownministries /gduke

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