Heat Illness Prevention

Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in hot or humid conditions. OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention campaign educates employers and workers on heat hazards and provides resources to keep workers safe.

Information for Workers

Federal law entitles you to a safe workplace. Exposure to heat can cause illness and death. Workers should know their rights and what they can do to prevent heat illness.

Your Rights at Work

When it comes to extreme heat at work, you have the right to:

  • Speak up about hazards without fear of retaliation. For more information on whistleblower protections, visit www.whistleblowers.gov
  • Request an OSHA inspection and speak to OSHA inspectors.
  • Report an injury or illness, and review and get copies of your medical records from your employer.
  • See the results of workplace examinations or tests taken to identify workplace hazards.
Tips for preventing heat illness

Heat-related illnesses can be prevented.

  • Hydrate before, during and after work. Drink 1 cup of cool water every 20 minutes even if you aren’t thirsty. For longer jobs, drinks with electrolytes are best. Avoid energy drinks and alcohol.
  • Find shade or a cool area for rest breaks that allow your body to recover.
  • Dress for the heat. A hat and light-colored, loose-fitting (where allowed), breathable clothing are ideal.
  • If wearing a face covering, change it if it becomes wet or soiled. Check on others verbally often.
  • Not everyone tolerates heat the same way. Understand personal risk factors.
  • Understanding engineering controls, work practices, and PPE.
Know the signs of heat illness and how to respond

Abnormal thinking or behavior, slurred speech, seizures or loss of consciousness are signs of a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately, cool the worker with water or ice and stay with them until help arrives.

  • Heat illness can cause:
    • Headaches
    • Nausea
    • Weakness or dizziness
    • Heavy sweating or hot, dry skin
    • Elevated body temperature
    • Thirst
    • Decreased urine output
  • If you spot someone experiencing the signs above, take action:
    • Give them water to drink
    • Move them to a cooler area
    • Cool them with water, ice or a fan
    • Remove unnecessary clothing
    • Do not them leave alone
    • If in doubt, call 911 or seek medical care
  • Get more tips on first aid so you can be prepared in the event of an emergency.

Work Safely in Heat

Employer Responsibilities

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety and health hazards. This includes protecting workers from heat-related hazards. Here are some actions you should take:

Create a Heat Illness Prevention Plan

Are your workers exposed to high temperatures, either indoors or outside? Use these resources to develop a heat illness prevention program:




OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App for iPhone and Android.

Provide Training for Workers

Employers should provide training to workers, including supervisors, so they understand heat exposure risks, prevention actions, and first aid.

Prevent Heat Illness at Work
Heat illness signs and symptoms
Know First Aid for Heat Illness

Employers and workers should become familiar with the symptoms of heat illness. When any of these symptoms are present, promptly provide first aid.

Heat Illness Medical Emergency Infographic (ZIP) Español (ZIP)

Share Materials with Workers

Provide your workers with information so they understand the risks of heat exposure and what actions to take. Keep materials easily accessible in the workplace.

Protecting workers from heat stress

Protecting Workers from the Effects of Heat QuickCard (PDF) Español (PDFTiếng Việt (PDF)

Prevent heat illness at work

OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Campaign

Year-Long Senate Investigation Reveals Harrowing Conditions in Amazon Warehouses

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(WASHINGTON) – Following a report on Amazon Prime Day by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), Teamsters are reiterating demands that Congress pass the Warehouse Worker Protection Act(WWPA). The WWPA is a bipartisan bill that holds corporations like Amazon accountable for dangerous safety practices and abusive production quotas in the warehousing industry.

“This report confirms what we’ve all known for a long time – Amazon is abusing its workers to the point of physical harm just so it can squeeze more money from its churn-and-burn, bloodthirsty business model,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Worker health and safety can’t wait – this legislation needs to make its way through both chambers of Congress and be signed into law immediately.”

O’Brien also addressed the retail behemoth in his speech to the Republican National Convention last night.

“What’s sickening is that Amazon has abandoned any national allegiance,” he said. “Amazon’s sole focus is on lining its own pockets. Remember: elites have no party. Elites have no nation. Their loyalty is to the balance sheet and to the stock price at the expense of the American citizen.”

The report, commissioned and released by HELP Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.), has led to the company being forced to disclose its safety data publicly for the first time. The committee found that during Prime Day 2019, Amazon’s injury rate spiked to 45 per 100 workers – nearly half of its warehouse staff. It also revealed that the company has been underreporting its injury rates.

“The company continues to create excessive demand and push workers to extremes to meet that demand—often in ways that require workers to operate far beyond what is reasonable or safe,” the report said. “This is not an acceptable set of practices from one of the richest companies in the world. Amazon must address its injury crisis and ensure that all workers are safe at their jobs, especially during the most intense and demanding periods.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.

Teamsters Demand Congress Pass Warehouse Worker Protection Act

231 UPS Admins and Specialists Join the Teamsters in One Week

"Working across 15 states, the Teamsters Organizing Department and Package Division welcomed 231 UPS admins and specialists into the Teamsters for the first time in just the past week. If you are an administrative or specialist worker at UPS, contact a local near you to become a Teamster today!"

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Local 61 added new members in our Asheville and Lenoir centers during this organizing campaign.  We are happy to welcome our new UPS Specialists, Admins & Customer Counter employees!

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Beer Giant Announces Record Profits, Offers Workers Less Than a Dollar in New Wages

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(WASHINGTON) — Members of Teamsters Local 997 at Molson Coors in Fort Worth, Texas, were forced to strike today over the company’s disgusting pay package and complete unwillingness to reach a fair agreement with workers. Teamsters walked off the job after Molson Coors failed to come to terms on a new three-year contract that respects the 420 workers who make, package, and warehouse the company’s beer and beverage brands.

The strike shuts down production at the only brewery that services the entire Western region of the United States with major Molson Coors products.

Despite having months to negotiate, Molson Coors presented insulting and regressive contract proposals, including offering less than a $1 per hour wage increase for the majority of Teamsters members. Local 997 is seeking pay raises that reflect the impact of inflation over the term of the expired contract and the elimination of two-tiered health care and retirement benefits.

The union filed numerous unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board over the company’s bad faith bargaining.

“As long as the profits keep flowing to the top, Molson Coors doesn’t give a damn if the workers inside its breweries can afford to take care of their families. They put pennies on the table for the workers behind these products. They want to strip working families of their health care. The greed and abuse from Molson Coors must end now,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Executives shamelessly brag to investors about the company’s incredible growth and historic earnings. Millions go to the CEO, billions go to Wall Street, and a middle finger goes to the workers. We’re not taking the disrespect, we’re not accepting the crumbs, and we’re not making concessions. The Teamsters are taking this fight to the streets, and we will hold the line until our members get what they have earned.”

Molson Coors announced this week that the company’s year-end 2023 earnings were its highest in 19 years. The company spent more than $50 million on advertising in the fourth quarter. Molson Coors reported making six years’ worth of profit growth in 2023 alone. Last October, the company announced a $2 billion stock buyback for wealthy shareholders.

“Molson Coors put itself on strike by taking for granted the Teamsters who keep the beer flowing and the brewery operating. Workers are fed up with the corporate elite who keep all the profits for themselves and expect the people doing the real work to make the sacrifices. Our members are not afraid to withhold their labor. The taps at Molson Coors will run dry until workers get a contract with the pay and workplace conditions they deserve,” said Jeff Padellaro, Director of the Teamsters Brewery, Bakery, and Soft Drink Conference.

On Feb. 8, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced it increased strike benefits to $1,000 per week for members of Local 997 fighting for a new contract at Molson Coors in Fort Worth.

Rank-and-file Teamsters produce Coors Light, Topo Chico, Simply, Pabst, and Yuengling, among other Molson Coors beverage brands.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.3 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.



We are off to a strong start in 2024, despite the cold temperatures. 

On Saturday, January 13th, we had our Monthly Membership Meeting with a good number of Members in person and on Zoom.  Special guest speaker was workers' compensation attorney Lyndon Helton.  Lyndon gave a good overview of the basics of workers' compensation in North Carolina and answered detailed questions from our Members. 

For the first time ever, UPS employees enjoyed a paid holiday on Monday, January 15th and had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We recognize Dr. King's legacy of fighting for equality for all people.  



Thank you to the Veterans who have served our country so bravely.  We appreciate you and your service to this country more than we can express.  A special shoutout to our Teamster Veterans.  We have many retired and reserve military men and women working hard across all of our industries, in all of our workplaces, every single day.  At our monthly meeting, we had several in attendance.  Thank you to everyone who came out on your Saturday to attend the monthly meeting and see the IBT Organizing Departments training session. Thank you to David & Dennis for coming out this month to help us with our internal organizing.  They visited our UPS Asheville & Hickory centers and signed up several new members for Local 61.


On Saturday, November 11th, the Teamsters Organizing Department hosted an Internal Organizing Training for Local 61 UPS shop stewards in Asheville, North Carolina. Following the ratification of the historic new contract at UPS, the Organizing Department has continued its internal organizing program with a focus on contract enforcement and signing up non-members in Right to Work states.

Growing the Teamster membership at UPS is critical to building rank-and-file strength and enforcing the new contract. Any local unions that are interested in partnering with the Teamsters Organizing Department to conduct UPS internal organizing trainings can use the link below to sign up for more information: https://teamster.org/building-ups-membership/

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