What’s in the Heat & Cold Certification Course?
Our heat and cold stress training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.
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 by OSHA.
- Best Practices
- Appropriate Clothing
- Appropriate Care
- Heat Stress
- Preventing Heat Illness
- Exposure Limits
- Illnesses & Symptoms
- Cold Stress
- Injuries & Treatments
- Understand the importance of environmental stresses and how they affect you
- Recognize and be able to react appropriately to heat illnesses in yourself and others
- Recognize and be able to treat cold injuries in yourself and others
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.
OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:
- 29 CFR 1910.132 (d)
Employers must assess workplaces for present or potential hazards and provide necessary PPE.
- 29 CFR 1910.141 (b) (1,2)
Employers must provide potable drinking water.
- 29 CFR 1910.151 (a,b)
Employers must provide access to trained medical personnel.
Why Take Our Online Heat & Cold Stress Training and Certification?
Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.
The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.
We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Why Buy Our Online Heat and Cold Training?
- Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
- Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
- Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
- Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
- Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
- Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.
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.
Cold Stress: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself
As much as we hate to admit it, winter is on the way. Some northern states are expected to get snow this weekend! Millions of people gear up for harsh winters every year by stoking their fires, bundling up, and avoiding the outdoors as much as possible. However, some of us have no choice but to spend extended periods of time in low temperatures, subjecting our bodies to unforgiving, bitter conditions. How can we protect ourselves from cold stress? Read on!
Who is at Risk?
Workers in all types of industries spend hours outside on an almost daily basis. Even those who spend only a few minutes outside are susceptible to environmental effects that could leave lasting damage. “What harm can the weather do to me?” You may be thinking. “I played outside as a kid and was never hurt in any way!”
According to OSHA, workers experience between 2,500 and 3,000 injuries and illnesses every year as a result of exposure to heat and cold, with a dozen or more resulting in death. Worldwide, there are nearly 650 deaths yearly due to excessive heat, and shockingly, the number of deaths caused by the cold amount to nearly 20 times that number.
The hazards associated with cold stress can vary according to humidity, wind speed, physical exertion, clothing, and work and rest schedules, but the same general principles will apply in almost every situation. To make it easier to remember what preventative steps are necessary before entering a cold environment, we have provided the acronym C.O.L.D.
Wear a hat or other form of protective clothing that will prevent losing body heat through your head.
Avoid participating in any activity that will make you produce too much sweat.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that can be layered to add extra protection, keep the cold out, and hold the heat in.
Stay as dry as possible. If your clothing gets wet, change it as soon as you can. Keep hands and feet dry.
Always be aware of your environment. Plan ahead by checking the weather and, if possible, inspecting the site where you will be expected to work.
Hot and Cold Stress: 4 Tips to Avoid Each
With Spring trying to make its debut this season, the weather can switch between cold and hot temperatures with either low or high humidity, and each varying temperature can bring with it the risk of heat or cold stress.
When working or playing outside in cold temperatures there is a risk of hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and dehydration. These can cause mild issues such as a general feeling of cold, but in extreme cases they can cause skin damage, nerve damage, amputation, and death.
In hot temperatures, those risks change to heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and again dehydration. These can cause overheating, loss of coordination, lack of perspiration, and death. The fortunate thing is that these illnesses are easily preventable when you take the proper steps before heading outside.
What are some steps that can prevent heat and cold stress?
Heat Stress Prevention
- Try and stay inside an airconditioned building if temperatures will be extremely hot or hot with high humidity.
- If you must be outside, limit your exposure to the heat by taking breaks in the shade.
- Wear light-colored, breathable clothing to limit heat absorption
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or electrolyte replacing drinks (if participating in physical activities outside)
In the Cold
- Try to stay in a heated place if the temperatures are going to be frigid (below freezing).
- Wear warm clothing with lots of layers. This includes proper gloves, socks, and shoes.
- Stay dry if possible. If you know that you will be sweating more than normal or being in wet conditions, bring some spare, warm clothing.
- Stay hydrated. Even if it is cold outside, you can still lose fluids from perspiration while working. (OSHA)
No matter the temperature or weather condition, you need to implement steps to protect yourself from heat and cold stress. Remember to be prepared before going outside.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does OSHA have a heat stress standard?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Take cool-down rests and sip water frequently when you will be in a high-temperature environment.
Is hyperthermia hot or cold?
HYPERthermia describes temperatures higher than is healthy. HYPOthermia describes dangerously low core body temperatures.
What are 5 signs of hypothermia?
Confusion, stumbling, slurred speech, exhaustion, or removing clothing can all be signs of serious hypothermia.
At what temperature can you get hypothermia?
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?
Drink warm, sugary liquids and wrap up in several loose layers of clothing or blankets.