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