The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of Northern through Central California with temperatures expected to range from 100-112 degrees in some areas by the end of the week. Since Cal OSHA closely monitors heat advisories from the NWS, it may initiate a number of inspections of companies to verify that they are compliant with state regulations regarding heat illness.
There are a number of requirements for employers regarding high heat including:
-Proper training of all employees
-Plenty of water and shade
-Time for workers to acclimate to the heat
High heat-over 95 degrees-adds additional requirements such as:
-Close observation of workers for symptoms of heat illness
-Reminding workers to drink water frequently
-Having an effective communication system in place in case of emergencies.
All employers must have a written plan regarding heat illness and it must be readily available to employees and inspectors in the field. In recent years this has been the cause of a number of citations from Cal OSHA. All employers should have a heat illness plan in place and distributed among their work locations in order to avoid potential problems if and when Cal OSHA inspects those work sites.
Western Growers Insurance Services has several safety specialists who can assist members with training needs, especially needs related to heat illness.
If you would like assistance for training or any of your business insurance needs, please contact Greg Nelson, Asst. Vice President of Commercial Lines at (949) 495-2998 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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