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How can employees adjust to working in hot environments?

Acclimatizing employees to hot environments requires following a plan:

  • New workers, and workers returning from an absence of more than a week, should follow a schedule to gradually adjust to the hot conditions. Begin with 20% of the usual duration of work in the hot environment on the first day, increasing gradually by no more than 20% each day that follows.
  • Experienced workers should begin on the first day of work in excessive heat with 50% of the usual duration of work. They should work 60% on the second day, 80% on the third day and 100% on the fourth day.
  • Depending on individual or environmental factors, it might take up to 14 days or longer for an employee to become fully acclimatized.

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