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Heat Illness prevention and compliance reminder

Posted by Terra Laverty
31 May 2023 01:43 PM

Heat Illness prevention and compliance reminder

I highly recommend formal Heat Illness Prevention training, which includes a test, supporting employees and supervisors in understanding their responsibilities under the heat illness regulation. 


When performing a Heat Illness program audit my top five elements that I look for include:

  1. Provide 1 quart of water per employee per hour.
  2. Be sure that shade and water is as close as practicable. Ideally within 300 feet.
  3. Make sure employees and supervisors understand symptoms, and that they have a right to take a break whenever they experience any symptoms.
  4. Make sure employees and supervisors know what acclimatization is. If there’s a new employee, Cal/OSHA is likely looking for a buddy system for the first 14 days during acclimatization.
  5. Make sure that you have your heat illness prevention program at the worksite. Sometimes this might mean having the heat illness prevention program in the vehicle or equipment that an employee is using to perform work at day as they may be working independently and not in a set location.


If you have any questions or would like to schedule Heat Illness Prevention training or a program audit please contact us.


Have a great and safe day.


Cal/OSHA Proposed Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Standard

Posted by Terra Laverty
15 May 2023 01:37 PM

Cal/OSHA Proposed Indoor Heat Illness Prevention Standard

California is known for its warm and sunny weather, which can pose a risk for heat illness. Heat illness does not only affect those employees working outdoors under the California sun, it can also affect those indoors, especially during heat waves or in buildings without proper ventilation or air conditioning.

Cal/OSHA has officially proposed an indoor heat illness prevention standard to protect workers from heat-related illnesses in indoor workplaces. This standard would apply to all indoor work areas where the temperature equals or exceeds 82 degrees Fahrenheit when employees are present.

Employers would be required to implements measures to protect workers from heat illness indoors including:

  • Providing access to drinking water, access to cool down areas, and preventative cool down rest periods.
  • Implementing an indoor heat illness prevention program in addition to an outdoor heat illness prevention program (title 8: §3395)
  • Monitoring weather conditions and adjusting work practices as needed.
  • Implementing engineering or administrative controls to reduce heat exposure, such as providing air conditioning or ventilation systems.
  • Training.

In addition, the standard could require employers to provide additional protections for employees working in high-heat areas or under high-heat conditions, including implementing a more comprehensive heat illness prevention plan, conducting pre-shift meetings and monitoring employees for signs of heat illness.

You may read the draft regulation here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Indoor-Heat-proptxt.pdf  The Public Hearing is May 18, 2023.


For more information and to review your current Heat Illness Prevention Program in accordance with title 8: §3395 contact CSTC at 661-377-8300.