Working Safely in the Heat – What You Need to Know

The temperatures are heating up across the Prairies and with the hot weather it is important to review how to stay safe while working outside.

Here are some helpful resources to help you navigate the heat from Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS):
– Working in the Heat Infographic
– Keep your Cool safety tips poster

Key points to remember if you have to work outside;

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Provide/seek shade where possible
  • Wear light, appropriate clothing
  • Schedule less strenuous work for when it is hotter
  • Ensure all workers are properly trained to work in hot conditions
  • Be aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and seek immediate medical care should signs appear

At this time of year, working indoors when outdoor temperatures rise may also become a hazard, particularly in buildings without working air conditioning. Below is a table that details safe and unsafe working temperatures from the National Joint Council Occupational Health and Safety Directives, which covers many of our federally regulated workplaces.

For our workplaces not covered by this directive, CLICK HERE for guidance from other jurisdictions, which may or may not be similar.

As always, should you have any workplace Health and Safety related questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any of the coordinates below.

Stay safe,

Clint Wirth

Regional Representative, Health and Safety- Prairie Region
Public Service Alliance of Canada
460-175 Hargrave St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R8
Phone (204)815-5718
Fax (204)943-0652