Cal/OSHA issued a press release on August 1, 2017 reminding employers to observe outdoor workers for signs and symptoms of heat illness, as the National Weather Service is predicting high temperatures for the Central Valley this week. The press release is available here. Cal/OSHA emphasized that the symptoms to look out for include headache, fatigue, dizziness, confusion, cramps, exhaustion, and fainting, and stated that drinking enough water is one of the “most effective heat illness prevention techniques.” Cal/OSHA encourages all workers to drink at least one quart of water every hour.
Employers are reminded of the additional heat precautions that must be in place when the temperature rises to 95 degrees or higher, available here.
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It is critical that employers remain diligent in ensuring compliance with applicable Heat Illness Prevention protocols to ensure employee safety and prevent fines. Cal/OSHA inspects outdoor worksites in agriculture, construction, landscaping, and other operations throughout the heat season. If you have questions about your company’s Heat Illness Prevention Program or want to ensure that your program is compliant, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group.