Date: May 01, 2014
First High Heat Advisory of 2014 Issued for California; WGIS Offers Heat Illness

With temperatures across the state soaring well into the 90’s and with some areas possibly reaching 100 degrees, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) issued its first high heat warning of the year.  Cal/OSHA, the division of DIR that protects workers from health and safety hazards, issued the warning to employers as temperatures in both northern and southern California are expected to be 15-25 degrees above normal. The unseasonably high temperatures make the risk of serious injury from heat illness to outdoor workers, such as farm laborers, a serious threat.

The advisory cautioned employers about the basic actions they are required to take to protect outdoor workers from heat illness which includes training for employees and supervisors, providing plenty of water and shade for cooling and having an emergency heat illness prevention plan in place for the worksite.  The advisory also highly recommends that employers take steps to allow workers to acclimatize to working in the heat.

Cal/OSHA also provided links to online heat illness prevention requirements and training materials such as its Heat Illness Prevention page  or the Water.Rest.Shade.campaign site.

Heat Illness Classes Available Locally

Western Growers members are reminded that Western Growers Insurance Services (WGIS) provides heat illness prevention training through its safety specialists. WGIS offers training classes for free for workers’ comp customers and at a very competitive hourly rate for non-customers. These trainings can be conducted at the employer’s workplace. If you’d like to discuss training through WGIS, contact Greg Nelson, AVP of Commercial Lines.

Other organizations, such as AgSafe and Cal/OSHA itself also offer heat illness prevention training.  Some of the training is offered at no charge; some sessions have a small fee.  But employers must make sure that their management team has attended an approved training session to meet regulatory requirements.  Cal/OSHA training locations can be found on the Cal/OSHA website at  AgSafe is offering training in both English and Spanish on the following dates:

May 1-Bakersfield

May 7 Oxnard

May 8 Santa Maria

May 14 Fresno

May 15 Salinas

May 21 Napa

You can sign up for these classes on the AgSafe website:

WG Staff Contact

Greg Nelson
Vice President, WGIS Sales

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