New Heat Illness Regulations Effective May 1

Apr 7 2015 - Heat Illness, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

The Office of Administrative Law approved changes to California’s heat illness prevention regulations and granted the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board’s request for an accelerated effective date of May 1, in time for this year’s growing season and warmer summer weather.

The changes include several significant provisions:

  • Access to shade must be provided when temperatures exceed 80 degrees, instead of the current standard of 85 degrees;
  • A change to what is considered “potable water” that must be made available to employees;
  • Monitoring of employees taking a “preventative cool-down rest;” and
  • Changes to high heat procedures.

Cal/OSHA issued guidance on the new requirements. The chart can be downloaded free of charge from HRCalifornia and from Cal/OSHA’s heat illness information page. Cal/OSHA also updated this Heat Illness Prevention Enforcement Q&A and plans to revise educational materials on its website shortly. Cal/OSHA will hold a conference call on heat illness prevention next week; the general public can call in.

Heat Illness Prevention Network Telephone Conference Call – April 16

Who: Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker; Division of Occupational Safety and Health Chief Juliann Sum.

What: Conference call with members of the Heat Illness Prevention Network.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015, at 3 p.m. PDT.

Why:  To update and take questions from Heat Illness Prevention Network members on  topics relating to the Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

How:

  • Please call 800-369-1763.
  • This is an operator-assisted call; the verbal pass code is H I P 2015.
  • The call will include a Q&A session with directions on how to ask a question.
  • If you would like to submit questions in advance of the call, please send via email to heat@dir.ca.gov

The Heat Illness Prevention Network is a voluntary public/private partnership established to increase both employers’ and employees’ awareness of the hazard of heat illness and the importance of heat illness prevention measures to prevent fatalities and serious illnesses in California workplaces. Network members work together to help prevent heat illness in workplaces throughout California, in partnership with Cal/OSHA, by providing timely information to employers and employees.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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