Temperatures have topped 100 degrees in and around California’s Inland Empire this week.
As a result, Cal/OSHA has issued a high heat advisory for this part of the state including San Bernardino County and the cities of Palm Springs, Indio, and El Centro.
In fact, Palm Springs and Indio are expecting a high today of 107. Needles may get to 110.
This means outdoor workers are at greater risk of heat illness. With the advisory, Cal/OSHA reminds employers to take extra precautions to protect your workers from the excessive heat.
Under California’s heat illness prevention regulation, employers must:
- Provide fresh, pure, suitably cool drinking water free of charge. You must supply each employee with at least one quart of water each hour of thework day, and encourage them to drink it.
- Provide enough shade for workers to cool down and rest. Encourage workers to take five minute shade breaks throughout the day. They should not wait until they feel sick.
- Have an effective written heat illness prevention plan that includes emergency response procedures.
- Train employees and supervisors on heat illness prevention.
High heat procedures
Since temperatures are well above 95 degrees, Cal/OSHA’S high heat procedures take effect. Aside from the above, employees are also entitled to a minimum 10-minute cool-down rest period every two hours. Employers must monitor their workers for signs of heat illness and follow other high heat requirements found in Cal/OSHA’s heat illness regulation.
And, State Fund has some additional tips you can follow to further assist your workers avoid heat illness.
This is the first heat advisory of 2018, but if there’s one thing we know for certain—it won’t be the last.