Gino DiCaro

Emergency Regulations Likely on Heat Illness

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 29, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency is planning on submitting a proposal for Emergency Regulations on heat illness to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board by the end of this week.  If adopted by the Standards Board, the regulations would only be effective for six months and then permanent regulations would need to be adopted through the usual Advisory Committee process.

CMTA is working with the agency and other interested parties to reach consensus on this very important issue.  So far, the proposal focuses on three major areas of concern with regards to heat illness.

  • Water - the regulations ensure that employees working under conditions that involve extreme heat will have adequate water supplied to them by their employer.
  • Shade - the regulations require employers to have adequate shade available for both preventative and reactive purposes.
  • Training - the regulations require training for both employees and supervisory level management on issues such as risk factors, importance of drinking water, the importance of acclimatization, procedures for responding to emergencies, and more.

CMTA will review the final proposal from the agency when it is submitted to the Standards Board, and will continue to monitor closely this process until a reasonable, enforceable final product emerges.
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