Preventing and Responding to Heat Illness
Elements of Your Written Program and Effective Work Practices
WORK CLOTHING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
T8CCR 3395(b) Definitions states the following:
“Environmental risk factors for heat illness” means working conditions that create the possibility that heat illness could occur, including air temperature, relative humidity, radiant heat from the sun and other sources, conductive heat sources such as the ground, air movement, workload severity and duration, protective clothing and personal protective equipment worn by employees.
T8CCR 3395(h) Training states the following:
(1) Employee training. Effective training in the following topics shall be provided to each supervisory and non-supervisory employee before the employee begins work that should reasonably be anticipated to result in exposure to the risk of heat illness:
(A) The environmental and personal risk factors for heat illness, as well as the added burden of heat load on the body caused by exertion, clothing, and personal protective equipment.
Guidance, Best Practices and Warnings
Inappropriate work clothing and Personal Protective Equipment can increase the burden of heat load on the body caused by exertion and increase the risk of developing Heat Illness. Employers need to train employees on how such clothing and Personal Protective Equipment can cause heat illness and on the appropriate clothing and Personal Protective Equipment for the particular job they will be performing.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE can increase the burden of heat load on the body by trapping the heat and not allowing the body to cool. It is important for employees wearing PPE, which may cover the upper or lower body or face, not to work alone in warm or hot conditions and during high heat or a heat wave. When employees wear this type of PPE in these conditions it may require you to take additional steps to prevent heat illness including (but not limited to):
Note: Employees applying pesticides and wearing PPE must follow all applicable regulations including, but not limited to T3 CCR 6724(b)(9), 6738(g).