August 18, 2020

Tips to Prevent Heat Illness During Period of High Heat

Western Growers encourages all members to review high heat advisories and take steps to prevent heat illness.

Cal/OSHA suggests employers with outdoor workers do the following to prevent heat illness:

  • Plan – Develop and implement an effective written heat illness prevention plan that includes emergency response procedures.
  • Training – Train all employees and supervisors on heat illness prevention.
  • Water – Provide drinking water that is fresh, pure, suitably cool and free of charge so that each worker can drink at least 1 quart per hour, and encourage workers to do so.
  • Shade – Provide shade when temperatures exceed 80˚ F or when workers request it. Shade must be available even when temperatures do not exceed 80 degrees. Encourage workers to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least five minutes when they feel the need to do so. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.
  • Space – Allow enough space and time for employees to take breaks as needed in adequate shade while also maintaining a safe distance from one another; for many employers this will require staggered breaks or increased shaded break areas, or both.
  • Cleanse – Extra infection prevention measures should be in place such as disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, including the water and restroom facilities.
  • Face Coverings – Provide cloth face coverings or allow workers to use their own; they should be removed in outdoor high heat conditions to help prevent overheating as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

For more information, please contact Jason Resnick at [email protected] or 949-885-2253.