Stay Cool

As we enter into the summer months when temperatures and humidity begin to rise and severe weather pops up unexpectedly, workers need to prepare for these possibilities. With heat regulations possible in the future and new enforcement programs being implemented, employers must train all workers, take every precaution and ensure workers get the water, rest and shade they need while on the job and adjusting to new working environments.

1. According to Cal-OSHA, shade is required when the outside temperature reaches _______ °F.

Correct Answer: 80

2. Symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, headaches, irritability and wet skin can indicate a worker is suffering from heat _______.

Correct Answer: Exhaustion

3. Symptoms that include fainting, collapse, dry skin, confusion and seizures are a sign of heat _______.

Correct Answer: Stroke

4. According to OSHA recommendations, a worker beginning a new work assignment where heat and humidity could be at elevated levels or transferring from an indoor, air-conditioned project to working outside in direct sunlight should limit that worker’s exposure to _______ % in the new environment the first day and increase their time, on average, an additional _______% each day until the worker is fully acclimated.

Correct Answer: 20, 20

5. On average, a worker should drink at least _______ ounces of water every 20 minutes while working outside in a hot environment, even if they do not feel thirsty.

Correct Answer: 8

6. Heat that is produced in warm or hot surroundings is known as _______ heat.

Correct Answer: Environmental

7. Heat that is generated by the body during strenuous work or physical activity is known as _______ heat.

Correct Answer: Metabolic

8. There may be a high risk of heat-related illness when performing strenuous work at temperatures _______.

Correct Answer: Above 77°F