TOO HOT TO HANDLE
Employers Must Protect Workers from Outdoor and Indoor Heat Illness
As covered in our blogsNew Heat Illness Prevention Measures Now In Place and Heat Illness Prevention Amendments Are Likely to Take Effect May 1, 2015, heat illness prevention regulations obviously apply to industries that require significant outdoor labor, including agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil and gas extraction, and transportation and delivery of agricultural and construction products or other heavy materials.
However, all California employers are responsiblefor ensuring their indoor workers are also protected from high heat hazards. The California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (Appeals Board) recently ruled against two employers with Injury and Illness Prevention Programs that failed to effectively address such unhealthy inside conditions. The case stemmed from a warehouse operator who suffered heat illness while working inside a metal freight container with a temperature exceeding 100 degrees F.
The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQsection includes helpful discussion of various heat illness prevention issues. The DIR also offers a separate information page on the requirements.
Additional resources provided by the author
- New Heat Illness Prevention Measures Now In Place
- Heat Illness Prevention Amendments Are Likely to Take Effect May 1, 2015
- heat illness prevention regulations
- California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board (Appeals Board)
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs
- Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ)
- DIR also offers a separate information page