Heat & Cold Stress Online Training

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Heat and cold stress online training and certification, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.


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
    • Treatment
  • Cold Stress
    • Prevention
    • Injuries & Treatments

Course Goals:

  • 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.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees

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.

Protect Yourself

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.

  1. Cover

    Wear a hat or other form of protective clothing that will prevent losing body heat through your head.

  2. Overexertion

    Avoid participating in any activity that will make you produce too much sweat.

  3. Layers

    Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that can be layered to add extra protection, keep the cold out, and hold the heat in.

  4. Dry

    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

  1. Try and stay inside an airconditioned building if temperatures will be extremely hot or hot with high humidity.
  2. If you must be outside, limit your exposure to the heat by taking breaks in the shade.
  3. Wear light-colored, breathable clothing to limit heat absorption
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or electrolyte replacing drinks (if participating in physical activities outside)

In the Cold

  1. Try to stay in a heated place if the temperatures are going to be frigid (below freezing).
  2. Wear warm clothing with lots of layers. This includes proper gloves, socks, and shoes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

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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.

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

5 reviews for Heat & Cold Stress Online Training

  1. Luis Ortiz

    was good

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks for taking the time to rate the course, Luis. We’re glad you found the course material to be so good.

  2. Cristobal C.


    • Hard Hat Training (verified owner)

      Hello Cristobal, We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us know if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  3. Sofie L.


    • Hard Hat Training

      Hello Sofie, thanks for your review! We are glad that you had a good experience with the course! Thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

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  5. Jones E.

    It helps. Good training

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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