heat illness update

Updated heat illness standard – things to know

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Last August I warned you that CalOSHA was in the process of upgrading its heat illness standard, section 3395. The changes were adopted and took effect May 1st, 2015. If you missed the updates, here’s a quick summary of what you need to know.

  • Shade shall be present when the temperature exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit – no longer 85
  • Temp expected to be 95 or above – Pre-shift meetings before the commencement of work to review the high heat procedures, encourage employees to drink plenty of water, and remind employees of their right to take a cool-down rest when necessary.
  • When temperatures reach 95 degrees or above, the employer shall ensure that the employee takes a minimum ten minute net preventative cool-down rest period every two hours. Be mindful of labor law lawsuits
  • Gotta provide training – get it here

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