May 26, 2020

Increasing Temperatures Require Heat Illness Prevention Procedures

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.

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by Brooke Fishel, Director of Labor Relations