This week, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board confirmed that new major changes to the state's heat illness prevention regulations will take effect on May 1, 2015. In response to the new regulations, employers with outdoor workers in California should promptly review and update their heat illness prevention programs to comply with the new rules. Employers will need to adopt new required procedures to prevent heat illness, revise their written policies, and update their training protocols. To help explain what the new regulations require of employers, Cal/OSHA has issued a summary chart entitled "Guidance for Employers and Employees on the New Requirements," which can be found here. In addition, Cal/OSHA has updated their Q&A webpage on Heat Illness Prevention Enforcement, which can be found here.
Highlights of the recent changes to the Cal/OSHA regulations include:
Please note that many other requirements did not change (but are not listed above). For the full regulations, please click here. Please also note that the new regulations are broadly and vaguely worded in many respects and raise numerous questions of interpretation. For assistance with interpreting the revised heat illness prevention regulations and with updating written procedures and training protocols, please contact Allen Matkins.
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