Heat Advisory — UPDATE
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an updated forecast for this week, projecting temperatures in excess of 100 degrees in many areas. NWS has also issued Excessive Heat Warnings for a combination of high temperatures and unusual humidity for a large portion of the state through the upcoming weekend.
California’s Heat Illness Protection Standard requires all employers with employees working outdoors take the following steps to protect their employees:
- Train all employees and supervisors about heat and illness prevention.
- Provide plenty of water and encourage employees to drink water frequently.
- Provide a shaded area for employees to take a “cool down” break.
- Ensure that employees are given time to acclimatize to the heat.
- Prepare an emergency heat illness response plan for the worksite, with training for supervisors and employees on the steps to take if an employee shows signs or symptoms of heat illness.
Special “High Heat” procedures are also required when temperatures reach 95 degrees, requiring supervisors to take extra precautions:
- Observe employees for signs and symptoms of heat illness.
- Remind employees to drink water frequently.
- Provide close supervision of employees in the first 14 days of their employment (to ensure acclimatization).
Have effective communication systems in place to be able to summon emergency assistance if necessary.
If you need help, bringing your IIPP manual into compliance, or training for your employees please contact your agent and ask about our OSHA Compliance Services. We can design services that meet your needs at price that makes sense.
James G Parker, Bacome Insurance Agency
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