Heat Illness Training Kit - Instructor's Guide

Purpose of This Training Module

You may use this slide presentation to comply with the training requirements of the L&I's Outdoor Heat Exposure regulations (WAC 296-62-095 (5.24 MB PDF)).  You can read the training requirements in the rule at the end of this guide.

The topics covered in this module are those required in the rule. However, you may use different materials that cover these topics if you believe that they will be more effective.  

Getting ready

1. Get resources and materials you will need:

  • A quiet room with basic accommodations for comfort of participants.
  • A copy of the presentation.
  • Overhead projector or computer and projector for Powerpoint presentation.
  • Copies of the handouts (optional).
  • Personal protection used at your worksite (recommended).
  • Certificates to hand out to the class as proof of attendance (optional).
  • A training roster to pass around for your records (recommended).

2. Review the presentation materials.

Take the time to look through each of the slides and read the instructor's notes that come with each slide. If you have any questions after looking through these materials, you can contact your local L&I office for assistance before you give your first presentation.

3. Customize the presentation.

The information contained in this module applies to all workplaces. However, you are also required to include information about conditions that exist at your workplace. Several slides indicate where workplace-specific information should be included. Just using the training module without the workplace-specific information will not satisfy all training requirements.

  • If you have PowerPoint on your computer, additional information is easily added to the PowerPoint version after downloading.  The PowerPoint version can be modified, but modification that changes the essential meaning or deletes information may not meet the training requirements.
  • If you use the PDF version, the slides cannot be changed, but you can provide the workplace specific information orally, or as paper handouts.

4. Prepare the materials and schedule the class.

  • If you have a computer video projection system, all you need to do is check to make sure the presentation works and make copies of the handouts.
  • Schedule the class for a date and time convenient to most people. If you want many employees and supervisors to participate, try not to make groups larger than 15 attendees.

Presenting the training

Give the presentation

You can use your own words rather than just reading from the slides. You can also make 3-slide-per-page handouts of the training.

Ask for participation

It also helps to involve the audience as much as possible by asking them questions and getting them to talk about their own jobs, their exposure to outdoor hot temperatures, and any suggestions they may have on how to handle their exposure.

Questions and answers

Answer any questions the best that you can.  Even if you don't have the technical knowledge to answer a lot of questions on heat illness, you can still answer the important questions about the way that your company is addressing employee exposure to outdoor hot temperatures.  If there are any questions about heat illness that you need help answering, you can contact your local L&I office.

Follow up

Within a week or two of giving the training, you might want to take a few minutes to talk to some of the employees and supervisors to make sure they understood what was presented and how it applies to them.

Getting help

If you have questions while preparing to give this presentation, or if questions come up during the presentation that you need help in answering, contact your local L&I office listed below for assistance:

City Telephone # Email address
Everett 425-290-1369 Scott.Reiquam@Lni.wa.gov
Tukwila 206-835-1065 David.Conley@Lni.wa.gov
Spokane 509-324-2543 Mary.Yakawich@Lni.wa.gov
Tacoma 253-596-3917 Brian.Sahli@Lni.wa.gov
Kelso 360-575-6951 James.Lawrence@Lni.wa.gov
Wenatchee 509-886-6500 John.McFadden@Lni.wa.gov


Heat Stress Rule Training Requirements

See WAC 296-62-09560 Information and training (5.24 MB PDF).

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