Cal/OSHA Issues Amended Heat Illness Prevention Regulation

Heat Illness PreventionCal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Regulation was amended effective May 1, 2015.  California employers are required to take these four steps to prevent heat illness:

Training – Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.

Water – Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink at least 1 quart per hour, or four 8 ounce glasses, of water per hour, and encourage them to do so.

Shade – Provide access to shade and encourage employees to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.

Planning – Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

See Guidance for Employers and Employees on the New Requirements for help in developing written procedures.

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