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CAL OSHA Heat Illness Prevention (What California-based workers should know)

Janet Cornett June 25, 2018 0

As per OSHA safety guidelines, all employers in California have to ensure that their employees are protected from the scorching heat. That can be done through:

Training – ensure all workers are supervisors know about heat prevention methods

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That can be done through:

Training – ensure all workers are supervisors know about heat prevention methods

Water consumption – employees should have enough fresh water to last them through the work day. They should be encouraged to drink as much as possible.

Shade – Employees should have access to shade where they should be allowed to cool down for at least 5 minutes

Cal/OSHA compliance – written procedures should be implemented for Cal/OSHA compliance for health illness prevention standards.

Administrative controls

These controls should be the next line of defense against extremely hot work conditions. A heat prevention and protection program is essential for this and should include:

  • Ability to recognize heat illness and how to prevent it
  • Reduced work shifts to ensure workers remain safe from heat exhaustion
  • Regular breaks which should be taken in the shade
  • Schedule shifts in cooler parts of the day

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

PPE can increase heat absorption in extreme conditions. Here are some ways to reduce that effect:

  • Reflective clothing that stops skin from absorbing heat
  • Wide brim hats that can repel heat
  • Body cooling efforts such as wet clothing and ice packs
  • Generous amounts of sunscreen

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360Training’s 10 hour Cal OSHA training course is designed to explain Cal/OSHA standards for a number of hazards that are common on work sites. This includes heat prevention standards, how to handle emergencies, reporting and record keeping that is required by law in the state. Sign up for the course today and remain safe in the extreme heat without compromising the integrity of your work.

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