Cal/OSHA to hold second indoor heat illness meeting

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Jan. 19, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

When the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) was in the process of adopting emergency regulations for heat illness last year, it was decided that the regulations should only focus on outdoor places of employment.  With the outdoor heat illness regulations now finalized, Cal/OSHA has turned back to the issue of indoor heat illness.  

Late last year Cal/OSHA held an initial advisory committee meeting that was widely attended by business and labor interests who are divided on this issue.

Employer groups point to statistics that indicate that industrial heat illness is so rare that it does not warrant rulemaking.  Labor advocates point to statistics indicating that there were 140 deaths as a result of indoor heat illness, however, these deaths were not industrial.  Cal/OSHA can only account for two deaths in all of California during the 2006 hot season that may be related to indoor heat illness (Cal/OSHA is still investigating these incidents to determine if they were actually caused by heat illness).  

Cal/OSHA is set to hold a second meeting on indoor heat illness, although the date of the meeting has not been set.  CMTA and other employer organizations continue to oppose rulemaking for indoor heat illness because such rules are not needed and because indoor places of employment are so different that a single standard would be very difficult to create and enforce.  CMTA will notify members when the next meeting date is set.

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