Effective today, May 1st, the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Regulations go into effect! Now that the temperature is heating up, you are required to take steps to prevent heat illness.
- – Water must be “fresh, pure, suitably cool” and located as close as practicable to where employees are working
- – Shade must be present at 80 degrees F
- – Shade must accommodate 100% of employees working on the site
- – When temperature hits 95 degrees F, the employee must be provided a minimum 10 minute cool-down period every two hours
- – Employees taking a “preventative cool-down rest break” must be monitored for symptoms of heat illness
- – New training requirements covering employers’ responsibilities, employees’ rights and appropriate first aid and emergency responses
The Association has updated Appendix R of the Safety Manual for its members to comply with the new regulations.