With Bay Area temperatures reaching into the 80s and higher, and Inland Valley and Central Valley temperatures possibly hitting near 100+ degrees this week, contractors 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.
Complete information from Cal/OSHA can found by clicking here.