Hot Days of 2016 Are Coming! Are You Ready?

Weather forecasts throughout California call for temperatures in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s by mid-week ahead of a possible cooling storm late week.  The first two weeks of warm weather present the first risk if exposure to heat for farm employees who are not yet acclimatized to the warmer weather to come. Experts tell us it takes your body about 2 weeks to acclimate to working in warmer temperatures.  Are you ready, both for the warmer weather, and for the Cal/OSHA inspections that warmer weather will bring?

  • Shade available on demand when the temperature is below 80 degrees F
  • Shade provided at all times when the temperature exceeds 80 degrees F, as close to where employees are working;
  • Shade must be provided to all employees on a rest or meal break, except those who choose to take a meal break elsewhere;
  • Fresh, pure, and suitable cool water available in sufficient quantities (replenishment is permissible) to allow each employee to drink one quart per hour;
  • Water is to be provided as close as practicable to location of work;
  • Employees must be trained about heat illness and the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Standard before they work in conditions where they might be exposed to heat;
  • Supervisors must be additionally trained in HIP compliance procedures, emergency responses, and ensuring effective communication to facilitate emergency response.
  • A written copy of your HIP program in English and the language understood by the majority of the employees and be available to employees and Cal/OSHA inspectors on request — this is the most frequently-cited part of the HIP standard — and probably the most easily-avoided HIP citation!

 

Heat Illness Prevention standard and heat illness resources can be found at this link.

Source: Farm Labor Services  |  2016 © Copyright Payroll Masters

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