Are you ready for the “dog days” of summer?
More importantly, are you up-to-date on your Heat Illness Prevention plans leading into the warmer days of summer?
As of May 1, 2015, revised regulations pertaining to Heat Illness Prevention plans were put in effect. Since these revised regulations apply to ALL employers regardless of size and regardless of time spend outside by a worker, the following information is important for you to add to your operations and HIP Plans:
Have pure, cool drinking water easily accessible, and free of charge for all outdoor workers.
Employers are required to train supervisors and employees how to recognize and react to heat illness signs and what steps to follow in case of an emergency. Outdoor workers in a high-heat area must be supervised during their first 14 days of employment. Document all training!
Ask outside workers how they are feeling, especially if they take a cool-down break. Stay with any employee who may be experiencing heat illness. Be prepared to offer first aid or emergency medical services if needed.
Track your weather and check for approaching heat waves. Temperatures exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit, require shade for breaks and/or meal periods. If temperatures are less than 80 degrees, employees may request shade. If the request is made, it must be granted.
Some industries will have additional requirements for high heat conditions (when the temperature equals or exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit)–agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil/gas extraction, and transportation or delivery of products and materials.
Read California’s Department of Industrial Relations Guidelines here.