Reminder: New Heat Illness Amendments Effective Today

May 1 2015 - Health and Safety, Heat Illness, Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog

New heat illness regulations are effective May 1, 2015. 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 has started to revise educational materials on its website.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

The HR Library’s Heat Illness section is updated to reflect the new heat illness regulations. Not a member? See how CalChamber can help you.

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