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Aug 5, 2009

Dog Days of Summer Are Here - Complying With Heat Illness Prevention Requirements

Topics: Legal Information

If you have employees that work outside, then your business is covered by the California Heat Illness Prevention Regulations. Outdoor work is broadly interpreted so don't assume that because your employees work in or near a building they are not covered. For example, an employee who spends a significant amount of his day on a loading dock of a building is likely covered by the Heat Illness Prevention Regulations.

The Heat Illness Prevention Regulations address such topics as shade requirements, drinking water requirements, heat illness training requirements and other related subtopics.

We suggest that the appropriate human resources or safety manager of any business that has outdoor workers in California become familiar with these Regulations.

More detailed information is easily available by clicking on any of the following links:

Heat Illness Prevention Q and A from Cal-OSHA - http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/heatIllnessQA.html

Cal-OSHA Heat Illness Prevention General Information and Links - http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/HeatIllnessInfo.html

Video Information from Cal-Osha - http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/videoblog/9624/

Pocket Pamphlet in English to Give to Outdoor Employees - http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/HeatIllnessEmployeeEngSpan.pdf

Pocket Pamphlet in Spanish to Give to Outdoor Employees - http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/dosh_publications/HeatIllnessEmployeeEngSpan.pdf#page=2

Employer Sample Heat Illness Prevention Policy Published by Cal-OSHA - http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/ESPforHeatIP3-10-19-07.pdf

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