Oakland, CA—Cal/OSHA is advising all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risks associated with heat illness.
Temperatures are expected to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal in Southern California. The National Weather Service forecasts excessive hot and dry weather patterns in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego counties in particular.
Northern California should be prepared for high heat as well. “During times of sustained high heat, it is especially important that employers take the necessary steps to prevent heat illness for their outdoor workers,” said Christine Baker, director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).
California’s heat illness prevention regulation, originally established in 2005, was amended effective May 1, 2015. The amendments clarify requirements related to the provision of water, rest, and shade protections for all outdoor workers, which are detailed in Cal/OSHA’s guidance on the new requirements.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed self-help measures for extreme heat prevention.