May 24, 2022

Cal/OSHA Offers Employers Tips on Protecting Outdoor Workers From Heat Illness

Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers with outdoor workers to take the necessary precautions to prevent heat illness, as high temperatures are expected throughout the state this week.

The law requires employers to provide outdoor workers fresh water, access to shade at 80 degrees and whenever requested by a worker and cool-down rest breaks in addition to regular breaks. Employers must maintain a written prevention plan with training on the signs of heat illness and what to do in case of an emergency.

Details on heat illness prevention requirements and training materials are available online on Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention web page and the informational website. A Heat Illness Prevention online tool is also available on Cal/OSHA’s website.

In addition, Western Growers Insurance Services offers employers worker safety training and risk management services. For more information, contact Ken Cooper, Director of Risk Strategy, at [email protected] or 949-413-8751.