CCGGA Testifies At CalOSHA Heat Illness Hearing

CalOSHA held a hearing yesterday in San Diego on the proposed revisions to their proposed revisions to the Heat Illness Standard.  The proposed changes include requiring water to be within 400 feet, shade within 700 feet that covers 100% of all employees, and mandatory 10 minute breaks every two hours when the temperature hits 95 degrees.  CCGGA President/CEO testified on the issue stating that the distance requirements were not only impractical but not justified.  Isom asked the board to consider the basis for the changes, stating that CalOSHA staff had not provided any justification for the changes.  Isom also testified on the confusion and burdensome paperwork that would be required to track both breaks for heat illness and breaks already mandated under current labor law.  Comments were given throughout the day, and the CalOSHA Standards Board will vote on the proposed revisions later this year.