Working in Hot Environments: Health and Safety Guide

Safety tips and information for people who work in hot environments, including construction workers, road repair crews and emergency response workers.

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Designed and written as a practical workplace training and reference tool. This 95-page pocket guide is filled with clear-language text including safety tips, charts, diagrams, checklists and illustrations.


The guide will help health and safety committee members and representatives as well as supervisors, managers, engineers and other health and safety professionals to:

  • Conduct hazard assessment of heat exposure in the workplace.
  • Identify risk factors for work in hot environments.
  • Develop prevention programs and practices to reduce injury and illness.
  • Plan problem-solving actions through employee and management involvement.
  • Develop hazard controls based on the most current knowledge in the field of occupational health and safety.
  • Comply with legal requirements.


The guide provides:

  • Practical guidance for the identification, assessment and control of the health and safety hazards related to working in hot environments; and
  • Applicable legislation, standards and guidelines addressing heat stress.

Target Audience

The guide is intended to serve as a handy reference for health and safety committee members, health and safety representatives, employees, supervisors and managers. For training sessions, the guide can serve as a practical handout for future reference.

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