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May 2015 Tip of the Month: New California Heat Illness Regulation

May 13, 2015 by Global Administrator

May 2015 Tip of the Month: New California Heat Illness Regulation

CalOSHA has made a series of changes to the Heat Illness Prevention standard. Effectual May 1, 2015 the revised regulations may have a significant impact on dealers. To see the changes in our latest KPA article on the new Heat Illness Prevention Standardsclick here

Here is a summary:

CalOSHA has made a series of changes to the Heat Illness Prevention standard. The revised regulations may have a significant impact on dealers. These changes went into effect May 1, 2015. Changes include:

First, the provision for water was expanded to read:

The water shall be located as close as practicable to the areas where employees are working and shall not in any event be farther than 400 feet walking distance from any employee at any time other than when the employee is using a restroom or travelling between the restroom and an area where employees are working unless the employer can demonstrate that conditions prohibit locating the drinking water within the prescribed distance.

This may require employers to relocate water sources to be more easily accessed by employees.

Second, the amount of shade required to be provided to employees was expanded from being enough to accommodate 25% of employees to all employees at meal, recovery or rest periods. The proposed regulation reads:

The amount of shade present shall be at least enough to accommodate 25% of the number of employees on the shift at any time meal, recovery or rest periods, so that they can sit in a normal posture fully in the shade without having to be in physical contact with each other. The shaded area shall be located as close as practicable to the areas where employees are working but no farther than 700 feet walking distance from the area where any employee is working unless the employer can demonstrate that terrain or other conditions prohibit locating the shaded area within the prescribed distance.

Third, the temperature at which “high heat procedures” comes in effect changes from 95 degrees to 85 degrees and the temperature at which employees must be closely supervised for symptoms of heat illness changes from 85 to 80 degrees. The proposed regulation reads:

(e) High-heat procedures. The employer shall implement high-heat procedures when the temperature equals or exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

(3) Procedures for the close supervision of all employees during periods when it is predicted that the high temperature for the day will be 80 degrees Fahrenheit or more and ten degrees Fahrenheit or more above the average high daily temperature in the preceding five days, and for an employee newly assigned to high heat areas by a supervisor or designee, for the first 14 days of the employee's employment by the employer.

Lastly, the written program requirements were expanded upon.

As always, please feel free to contact your KPA Risk Management Consultant with any questions or email [email protected].  If you are considering online safety training for your employees, KPA can provide up-to-date training or create custom elearning safety training to match your needs.

Posted in: Tip of the Month Tags: 2015 California safety regulations, CalOSHA, Heat Illness regulations, injury prevention, new OSHA regulations