California sun is here…and with it the heat!

California sun is here…and with it the heat!

Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness standard (Title 8, Chapter 4, §3395: www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3395.html) requires employers to have a Heat Illness Prevention Plan. Not having a policy, procedure and conducting the required training could result in employee illnesses, increased X-mods, higher insurance premiums and Cal/OSHA citations!

In 2011, Assembly Bill 2774 expanded the definition of a “Serious” injury, which includes an impairment standard that outlines the possibility of heat illness (“…internal injuries even though skin surface may be intact, respiratory illnesses…”). A “serious” injury could result in an $18,000 fine! 

Top 10 Precautions to Avoid Heat Stress:

  1. Gradually adjust to heat when new to a job or after a two-week or longer absence
  2. Drink about 16 ounces before starting, and 5 to 7 ounces every 15 minutes during hot work
  3. Eat well-balanced meals, avoiding heavy or hot food, alcohol and caffeine
  4. Work at a steady pace, minimizing overexertion
  5. Take regular breaks in a cool, well-ventilated area
  6. Know your own limits and ability to work safely in heat
  7. Use general ventilation, cooling fans, and evaporative cooling whenever possible
  8. Plan the most strenuous work for the coolest parts of the day
  9. Wear loose, lightweight clothes. Wear a hat and use sunscreen to work outdoors
  10. Take fast action for symptoms of heat cramps, exhaustion, or heat stroke

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Organizing and Effective Safety Committee

Organizing and Effective Safety Committee

How DOES Cal-OSHA define “Serious”?

How DOES Cal-OSHA define “Serious”?

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