From 1991 through 2000, approximately 2,000 heat-related fatalities occurred and about 25,000 heat-related illness occurred during the same time In order to reduce our exposure to a potential heat-related illness, and comply with regulations, any employee who works outdoors needs the following: Written plans and training materials related to heat illness Training on the signs, symptoms and risk factors for heat illness Access to a shaded area Access to drinking water (one quart per employee per hour)
CCR/8-3395: Heat Illness Prevention in Outdoor Places of Employment The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has adopted recommended revisions to the state heat illness prevention standard The revisions include: “Shade up” provisions when temperatures reach 85 o F and “high-heat” procedures at 95 o F Clarifies what constitutes a “shade break” and creates exemptions from the shade-up for employers for whom it is not feasible to provide an alternative
SHADE UP provisions are required when the temperature exceeds 85 o F The employer shall have and maintain one or more areas with shade at all times while employees are present The amount of shade present shall be at least enough to accommodate 25% of the employees on the shift at any time Employees must be able to sit in a normal posture fully in the shade without having to be in physical contact each other The shade area shall be located as close as practicable to where employees are working
HIGH-HEAT procedures shall be implemented when the temperature equals or exceeds 95 o F and include the following: Ensuring that effective communication by voice, or electronic means is maintained at the work site to contact a supervisor when necessary Reminding employees during the work shift to drink plenty of water Close supervision of new employees by a supervisor or designee for the first 14 days of employment REMEMBER Employees shall be allowed and encouraged to take a cool-down rest in shade for a period of no less than five minutes at a time when they feel the need to do so
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