Heat Exhaustion

Keep Employees Safe from Summer Heat!

 
California’s heat illness standards require employers to take precise steps to protect outdoor workers from heat illness. As summertime rolls in and temperatures increase, California’s outdoor employees place themselves at a greater risk for heat illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Act applies to all employees who work in outdoor environments such as those in agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil and gas extraction, as well as transportation and delivery of agricultural products and heavy materials - - And let’s not forget those food servers and bussers who serve guests outdoors; and especially those in the Palm Springs & desert areas!
 
Employers are required to prevent employee heat illnesses. According to current regulations, employers must provide fresh water so each employee can drink at least one quart per hour. Encourage your employees to drink water and stay hydrated! Shade should also be provided to your employees who work outdoors in temperatures that exceed 80 degrees. Allow your employees to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least 5 minutes to prevent heat strokes or other heat-related illnesses.
 
It’s the law. The safety of your employees is paramount to the wellbeing of your workforce. Issues involving heat illnesses not only affect the employees’ health but can create liability issues for the company as well. Make sure your employees are monitored for heat illness symptoms.
 
We can help create your IIPP. Every employer is required to have an effective Injury and Illness Prevention Program as well as drinking water in the workplace, first aid, and an emergency response.  If you don’t have an IIPP, we can help create one for you.
 
We can train your managers on the new requirements. All supervisors and employers must be aware of their responsibilities and what actions to take if they see signs or symptoms of heat illness. We can help train managers on appropriate emergency responses, first aid requirements and your OSHA 300 log.
 
Call us at (818) 845-5584 or email us at info@executivehrconsulting.com to learn more about the new changes to the law.
 

Safety Tip: Prevent Heat Exhaustion as Summer Approaches

Managers’ responsibility to keep employees safe from heat exhaustion. With summer already off to a start, we can expect to see high temperatures very soon. As a manager, implement specific strategies to ensure your employees are not being exposed to heat stress while at work. Reduce workers compensation and improve your company’s compliance by introducing basic guidelines for your employees to abide by when working under harsh weather conditions.

Avoid workers compensation claims. There are many different heat problems that can occur in the workplace, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke - which is the most dangerous of all. This is especially important if you have employees working outside in hot temperatures. Heat cramps might be more common amongst employees, but that can often be remedied by getting out of the heat, stretching the affected muscles, drinking water, and replacing essential electrolytes. Taking necessary precautions can help companies avoid workers compensation claims.

Reduce your exposure to workers compensation claims. Ensure that your working environment is suitable for your employees to work in so they’re not at risk for any heat related problems. Employees who experience heat exhaustion or any other related problems while at work can increase the likelihood of workers compensation claims. Educating employees on how to handle these situations can help prevent any liabilities against the company.

Monitor your staff by offering additional breaks if needed. Allowing short breaks throughout employees’ shifts can allow them to stay hydrated and relaxed, in turn reducing the possibility of injury or illness related to hot temperatures. Keeping an eye on your employees and communicating with them can give you a better understanding of how they’re dealing with the heat. Take note of any employees who may have an underlying health condition or are showing signs of heat stress.

Don't let the heat overcome your employees; keep them hydrated. Make sure your employees are drinking an adequate amount of water while at work. Drinking fluids regularly throughout their work day can prevent problems such as heat exhaustion and heat cramps from arising. Make water accessible for your employees, whether through a stationary water dispenser or with bottled water.