With triple-digit heat expected this week throughout numerous parts of the country, we at Employer Resource would like to remind businesses to take all available cautions and precautions to prevent heat illness among employees during these warm summer months.
For those employers with outdoor workers, high temperatures are of particular concern. Heat illness is a serious problem for employees who work outside and can even be fatal. California employers’ Human Resources must comply with state heat illness regulations and standards.
Heat Illness Regulations and Standards
Heat illness applies to all outdoor places of employment. Special, high-heat procedures apply to certain industries, including:
- Oil and gas extraction
- Transportation or delivery of agricultural products, construction materials or other heavy materials.
Employers in these specified industries are highly recommended to implement high-heat procedures when the temperature equals or exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3395, “Heat Illness Prevention,” contains the high-heat procedures and the heat illness standards. As a PEO, we can help you reach compliance with these regulations. Every human resource and payroll office should be aware of these regulations.
Benefits of Human Resource Following Heat Illness Prevention Regulations
Heat illness has been a serious problem throughout the United States, however through proper planning and the education to supervisors, managers, and employees in Human Resources, we can significantly cut down on the effects of heat illness. This can be a very costly problem for both employees and their employers in human resource and payroll. Taking a few minutes of planning before the summer heat wave will save us all time and money, and promote a healthier workplace.