Cal/OSHA issued a reminder for all employers to protect their outdoor workers from the risk of heat illness, as temperatures rise in Southern California.
“Heat waves can occur well into autumn in California, so it’s important to remind employers of their responsibilities to protect workers from heat-related illness,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Our goal is to prevent illnesses and deaths caused by exposure to heat.”
Outdoor workers are urged to take a preventative cool-down rest in the shade until symptoms of overheating are gone. Workers who have existing health problems or medical conditions that reduce tolerance to heat, such as diabetes, need to be extra vigilant.
In addition to the basic steps outlined by California’s heat regulation for employers and outdoor workers, heat at or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit requires employers to take more precautions.
Cal/OSHA said it is important to actively monitor for early signs of heat illness and for employers to train supervisors and workers on emergency procedures in case a worker does get sick.
More information about heat illness prevention is available on Cal/OSHA’s website.