OSHA Amends Heat Illness Regulations

New regulations go into effect May 1, 2015

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SAN DIEGO, April 13, 2015 - The Office of Administrative Law approved the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board's proposed amendments to the current heat illness regulation, which will go into effect on May 1, 2015.  This standard applies to all outdoor places of employment, applying at all times when employees work outdoors.  

Heat illness requirements include having an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and to provide for drinking water, first aid and emergency response.  It is essential supervisors and employees are trained to understand how environmental and personal risk factors can increase the risk of heat illness.  Some requirements of the standard are triggered by outside temperatures, making it critical for employers to track the weather, the primary cause of heat-related illnesses and fatalities. 

Some of the important changes include:

    • Expanded water provision requirements with clear expectations
    • Reducing the temperature trigger for shade from 85 degrees F to 80 degrees F
    • New requirements for cool-down rests, and what to do if heat illness symptoms persist
    • Improving employee monitoring and communication during high-heat periods
    • Specific requirements for agriculture industries
    • Additional emergency response procedures
    • Expanded employee training requirements
    • Additional written plan requirements, including the need to ensure it is also written in the language understood by the majority of the employees

The following OSHA resources should be referenced when developing or modifying your company’s Heat Illness Prevention Program to meet the new regulation requirements.

For questions on the new OSHA regulations or updating your IIPP, contact your Barney & Barney representative or:

Jeff Hulson
Director, Risk & Loss Advisors

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