New labor heat safety regulations begin May 1st

Apr 30, 2015 9:21 PM

Starting May 1st, 2015 a set of new heat safety regulations will go into effect for outdoor workers. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board initiated these new revisions.

The regulations are designed to make working outdoors more bearable in extreme heat. The new requirements for outdoor places of employment state that employers must provide fresh, pure and suitably cool water close to work areas.

When temperatures reach over 80 degrees Fahrenheit some sort of shade must be present, previously it was set at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The shade must be big enough to accommodate the number of workers onsite.

In extreme conditions over 95 degrees workers must follow a buddy system so individuals health can be monitored in addition to a 10-minute cool-down break every two hours.

During a "heat wave" the supervisor on staff must observe employees for health reasons. A "heat wave" is any day when temperatures surpass 80 degrees.

For a more detailed list on more of the newly revised regulations click here.


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