Online, On-Demand

Course credits: 0.1
Course contact hours: 1.5
Instructor(s): June Spector

Class description

Health and Safety Solutions in Agriculture:

Heat Related Illness Prevention in English

On-demand online course available NOW through 6/30/25

This course is available in English and Spanish  /  Este curso está disponible en inglés y español – para registrarse, vaya a registro de cursos en español

The University of Washington is pleased to announce 3 new online, on-demand courses for agricultural communities. The goal of these courses is to share agricultural solutions on a variety of topics that will improve the health and safety of the workforce in the northwest region. The program brings together an expert line-up of research faculty from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center and community partners who will cover sexual harassment prevention, heat education and awareness, and pesticide safety.  Each course will include lessons learned, practical resources and ready-to use toolkits for assessing, evaluating, and preventing injuries and illnesses on the farm.

Supported by the Northwest Center of Occupational Health and Safety (NWCOHS) Continuing Education (CE) Program and Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH).

View the course flyer

Heat Related Illness Prevention

Featured Instructor

headshot Dr. June Spector

June Spector, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and Medicine, University of Washington (UW)

Content Development: Jen Krenz, MPH, MS, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center, DEOHS, UW; Maria Blancas, PhD, MPH, Research Coordinator, PNASH, DEOHS, UW; Pablo Palmández, MS, Communication Workplace Specialist, PNASH, DEOHS, UW

This course is part of the Health and Safety Solution in Agriculture Community Engagement Online Course Series.  In this course you will learn how heat affects workers and common risk factors for heat related illnesses. You will learn how to recognize different heat related illnesses, how to recognize them, and how they can be treated.  The goal of this course is to improve the awareness of heat-related illness and provide solutions by using the resources in the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center toolkit.

Learning Objectives

Participants completing the course should be able to:      

  • List three types of ways heat can affect the health of workers;
  • Recognize risk factors for heat illness;
  • Identify appropriate types of clothing for work in hot weather;
  • Demonstrate ways to stay hydrated at work; and
  • Describe best practices for keeping cool in the home and community.

Intended Audience

Employers, Supervisors, Human Resources Managers and Coordinators, Safety Trainers, Safety Professionals, Extension Agents, Community Health Workers, Promotores de Salud, health educators, public health professionals, and staff in community-based organizations.

Continuing Education/Certificate of Completion

Upon completion of the course, UW DEOHS Continuing Education Programs offers a certificate for 1.5 contact hours, 0.1 CEUs continuing education units.


Course is available on-demand now through June 30, 2025.

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  2. Complete your registration for this course.
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  3. Once your registration is processed, you will be emailed a web link and instructions to participate in the course.