Summer 2015       |      Cindi A. Christenson, Registrar      |      Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor


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Outdoor Worker Safety in Summer Heat is a Priority

Cal/OSHA urges contractors who employ outdoor workers to take steps that ensure their safety while working in hot summer temperatures.

Preparation is essential to prevent heat illness, which, in the early stages, can include headaches, fatigue, excessive sweating, and muscle cramps, and can rapidly progress to mental confusion, vomiting, fainting, seizures and death.

Employers are required to take the following minimum, basic steps:

Employers also must take special protective measures when temperatures reach 95 degrees or above. Supervisors are required to:

Cal/OSHA, a division within the state Department of Industrial Relations, offers additional information and resources on heat illness prevention online, with illustrated heat illness fact sheets, videos and training kits available in multiple languages. The online resources include details on free training for all employers with outdoor worksites in Northern and Southern California.

Provided by California Department of Industrial Relations/Cal/OSHA

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