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HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION
As trainers of your students and young workers, you are responsible for educating them on workplace health and safety including (but not limited to): safe work practices, worker's rights, the importance of learning in safety meetings and other trainings, and complying with rules and regulations. To reduce the risk of injury and increase productivity, see the information below:
For more information on Cal/OSHA requirements and Best Practice Ideas, see:
When training your students and young workers make sure and review with them their information on Heat Illness Prevention.
Cal/OSHA has a regulation on Heat Illness Prevention in Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 3395, go to www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3395.html.
The following is an overview of the requirements of the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention regulation.
Overview of Requirements
Cal/OSHA's Heat Illness Prevention standard applies to the control of risk of occurrence of heat illness in all outdoor places of employment. To help you understand the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention standard review the Definitions of Heat Illness, Acclimatization, Environmental risk factors, Personal risk factors, Preventative Recovery Period, and Shade.
In summary, California employers are required to take four steps to prevent heat illness:
The following Best Practice Ideas can help you develop and put into place an effective program to prevent and respond to heat illness.
2. The Importance of Drinking Enough Water
To prevent heat illness, there must be a balance between the heat load on the body (from work and hot weather) and the heat released from the body allowing it to cool. Shade and/or Alternative Measures can be used to provide cooling during breaks, lunch or during a Preventative Recovery Period. Shade should be available at all times. During a heat wave, extra measures in addition to shade may be needed to prevent heat illness. When individuals are in the shade (or using other cooling measures) always ensure that:
The best way to prevent and respond to heat illness is to develop an effective written program and then put it into practice. To maximize the effectiveness of your program:
Your written program should include procedures and work practices for: