Nicole Rice

Discussions resume on indoor heat illness regulations

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, April 28, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has scheduled another advisory meeting on the Indoor Heat Illness regulation for Thursday, May 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the De Anza Community Center in Ontario, California. These advisory meetings provide interested parties an opportunity to review and provide input on Cal/OSHA’s initial concept of the regulation before it moves into the official rulemaking process.

The first “discussion draft” was revealed for comment at the February 28 advisory meeting in Oakland where several stakeholders, including CMTA, offered remarks on issues related to exposure limits and control measures; rest and hydration; first aid and emergency responses and training and prevention plans. This second meeting will provide another opportunity to comment on the revised draft developed to capture the input arising from the first meeting.

CMTA and others are concerned that the regulation proposed is overly complex and confusing and will result in unnecessary expense and burden upon manufacturers with very little added protection for our employees. We support a performance-based approach that resembles the current Illness and Injury Prevention Program, requiring a manufacturer to assess the risk and develop a program to mitigate and respond in emergency situations. Such an approach, coupled with training and informational mechanisms for both employer and employee, promotes understanding and compliance within an industry that is accustomed to operating in varying degrees of temperatures given the inherent nature of the manufacturing process.

The creation of an indoor heat illness standard was mandated under SB 1167 (Chapter 839, Statutes of 2016) that required Cal/OSHA to develop an indoor heat-related illness standard for adoption by the Occupational Safety Health Standards Board. For more information, visit the Cal/OSHA website.

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