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Cal/OSHA releases new draft proposal on indoor heat illness regulations

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, May 18, 2018

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, better known as Cal/OSHA, has released another revised draft for the Indoor Heat Illness Regulation. In 2016, legislation was passed that requires Cal/OSHA to recommend a heat illness protocol for indoor workers to the Occupational Health and Safety Standards Board (Standards Board) for their review and/or approval by January 1, 2019. The Standards Board is a seven-member body appointed by the Governor that serves as the standards-setting agency within the Cal/OSHA program.

During this process, Cal/OSHA has held three “advisory” meeting with impacted stakeholders like CMTA and released several “informal” drafts of proposed language for our review. This draft reflects the Division’s latest set of amendments. Some of the most difficult parts of this process has been defining what an “indoor” workplace is; determining a temperature threshold that will mandate the protocol; and identifying what the employer’s response should be under the protocol. Manufacturers are strongly encouraged to review this newest document in light of your operational capabilities and provide immediate feedback to Nicole Rice, CMTA Policy Director on Labor, Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Policy at Comments are due to Cal/OSHA by Thursday, June 7, 2018.

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