CMTA opposes changes to heat illness regulations

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 18, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has proposed revisions to the “Heat Illness Prevention Standard” found in Title 8, Section 3395. The announcement and draft proposal can be found here (http://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/Heat_illness_prevention.html). The Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Board) will hold a public meeting on September 25, 2014 in San Diego to consider the proposal and hear public comment.

CMTA opposes these changes as overly burdensome, excessively prescriptive and lacking the clarity needed to ensure confident compliance by manufacturers and consistent enforcement by the regulator. We are also concerned by the fact that Cal/OSHA has failed to provide any data that demonstrates a need for change.

California is the only state to regulate the prevention of heat-related illnesses. The policy applies to any employer with outdoor workers and requires the provision of water and shade to exposed workers; training for employees and supervisors on prevention strategy; and development and implementation of “high heat” procedures. The current regulations were the product of a collaborative process between Cal/OSHA and the business community that was based on scientific standards, facilitated compliance and a holistic approach to the problem. As a result, it has proven successful at reducing the number of heat-related incidents and fatalities.

CMTA has joined the Heat Illness Prevention Coalition, a group of businesses and trade associations, in opposition to these changes that will make employer compliance more difficult while doing nothing to improve the overall safety or protection of the impacted workers.

For more information, please contact Nicole Rice at NRice@cmta.net

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