Cal/OSHA Issues High Heat Advisory for California
The National Weather Service has issued high heat advisories for Northern and Southern California Areas. The temperatures have reached over 100 degrees during the past few weeks. Cal/OSHA encourages all employers to take preventative action, and protect their workers from heat illness.
Special “high heat” procedures are required when temperatures reach 95 degrees. These procedures are:
· Observing employees for signs and symptoms of heat illness.
· Having accessible and effective communication systems in place to be able to call for emergency support if necessary.
· Supervising workers in their first 14 days of employment to ensure adaptation to climate changes.
California employers must protect outdoor workers per the state’s heat regulation, by taking these simple steps:
· Develop and apply written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.
· Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.
· Supply enough water so each employee can drink at least 1 quart/four 8-ounce glasses, of water every hour, and encourage them to do so.
· Provide shade for employees, and encourage them to take a break in the shade for at least 5 minutes. Workers should not wait until they feel sick or have heat illness symptoms to cool down.
Cal-OSHA will be conducting inspections on outdoor working environments in multiple industries. Cal-OSHA will also provide consultation about heat illness prevention.
Global Environmental Network, Inc. provides Heat Illness Prevention classes and can write your Heat Illness Prevention Program in compliance with Cal/OSHA. We have fast turn-around and excellent service.
Call our office today to schedule your HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION CLASS or to develop your HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION PLAN!
Global Environmental Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 8068 Fountain Valley, CA 92728 1-800-230-6944