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Heat and Cold Stress Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Heat and Cold Stress Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Heat and Cold Stress certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Heat and Cold Stress Training Course?

Our Heat and Cold Stress training course is regulation aligned. This class discusses topics including Heat Illness, Cold Illness, Case Studies and more. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local Section 5(a)(1) General Duty Clause.

Training Scope: Course Goals:

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 1.5 – 2 hours.

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Heat and Cold Stress Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1910.132(d): PPE
  • 29 CFR 1915.152(b): Hazard assessment and equipment
  • 29 CFR 1917.95(a): Protective clothing
  • 29 CFR 1910.151: Medical and First Aid
  • Canada Standards

  • 3395. – Heat Illness Prevention
  • 3395.(c) – Provision of Water
  • 3395.((d) – Access to Shade
  • 3395.(e) – High Heat Procedures
  • 3395.(f) – Emergency Response

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Heat and Cold Stress Safety Training?

    While OSHA is still developing standards for heat and cold stress, under the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are required to provide a workplace that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.”

    This means employers have a legal and ethical obligation to promote a work environment that offers adequate rest and hydration to prevent hyperthermic and hypothermic illness, injury, and death. You and your coworkers have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety, equality, and well-being of all.

    Stay Informed On All Things Heat and Cold Stress

    Did You Know?

    In 2004-2018, an average of 702 heat-related deaths occurred in the United States annually. (

    There is risk of dehydration in both warm and cold weather.

    Alcohol and caffeine can negatively change how you react to both heat and cold.

    Hypothermia occurs most often during spring and fall.

    Heat-related deaths are considered preventable.

    In the U.S., from 2006-2010, an average of 1,320 people died from hypothermia or exposure to cold.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Does OSHA have a heat stress standard?

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    OSHA does not have a specific standard for hazardous heat conditions, but they are in the process of rulemaking for heat injury and illness. Most heat stress related regulations fall under the General Duty Clause where employers are required to provide employees a safe working environment.

    What is cold stress?

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    Cold stress on the body occurs when the skin temperature goes down, which makes the internal body temperature also decline. If your core body temperature declines, it could lead to serious health problems and even death.

    What does OSHA recommend to prevent cold and heat related injuries?

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    OSHA recommends that employees’ conditions are monitored throughout the day. Working in pairs and taking breaks from working in hot or cold environments can also help prevent hot and cold related injuries or illnesses.

    What are signs of heat stroke?

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    Confusion, fatigue, skin that feels hot and dry (unless it’s exertional heat stroke, which includes profuse sweating), and fainting.

    How long does heat stroke last?

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    If treated in time, the symptoms of heat stroke will only last until you are fully rested and hydrated – 1 or 2 days. If heat stroke is not treated in time, you will die.

    What causes hyperthermia?

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    When the body’s core temperature becomes elevated for several hours you may experience a variety of heat-related illnesses such as hyperthermia.

    What temperatures are hyperthermia?

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    Hyperthermia describes a cluster of heat-related illnesses that can happen anytime your body temperature becomes higher than it should be for several hours at a time. Generally speaking, a core temperature above 104 degrees F is considered “severe” and brain cells begin dying at 106 F.

    How do you prevent hyperthermia?

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    Take cool-down rests and sip water frequently when you will be in a high-temperature environment.

    Is hyperthermia hot or cold?

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    HYPERthermia describes temperatures higher than is healthy. HYPOthermia describes dangerously low core body temperatures.

    What are 5 signs of hypothermia?

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    Confusion, stumbling, slurred speech, exhaustion, or removing clothing can all be signs of serious hypothermia.

    At what temperature can you get hypothermia?

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    Hypothermia can happen anytime your body cannot maintain a core temperature high enough to continue functioning. Depending on how long you are exposed, your body, your clothes, or whether or not you are wet, hypothermia is possible at nearly any temperature below your own body temperature, but becomes especially dangerous at temperatures below 40 degrees F.

    How do you fix hypothermia?

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    Drink warm, sugary liquids and wrap up in several loose layers of clothing or blankets.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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