Get Prepared for Heat

Outdoor works holding a tarp for shade

As summer approaches, now is the time to create safe work practices for outdoor work in the heat.  Cal/OSHA recommends these 4 steps:

  • Plan
    • Develop a written plan
  • Train
    • Both supervisors and employees
  • Water
    • 1 quart per hour for each employee
  • Shade
    • Access to shade for breaks

Some workers need to be extra-cautious when working in heat, and may need to drink more water and take more frequent breaks.  Certain health conditions or medications can reduce tolerance to heat:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Kidney disease
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Thyroid medication

Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention standard outlines requirements for employers with outdoor workers: http://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/3395.html

Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention website has helpful resources for both employers and employees: http://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/HeatIllnessInfo.html