Heat Illness Prevention
California employers are required to take these four steps to prevent heat illness.
- Training - Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.
- Water - Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink at least 1 quart per hour, and encourage them to do so.
- Shade - Provide access to shade and encourage employees to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes. They should not wait until they feel sick to cool down.
- Planning - Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.
OSHA offers a heat safety tool that can be downloaded to your smartphone.
The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple 'click,' you can get reminders about the protective measures that should be taken at that risk level to protect workers from heat-related illness-reminders about drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.