New "heat-stress" regs take effect in California
The emergency regulations were filed with the Secretary of State and are effective immediately. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health now begins the 120 day public hearing process to develop permanent heat illness prevention regulations.
The emergency regulations focus on actions that can be taken immediately by employers and employees to prevent further heat stress illnesses or fatalities. The emergency regs:
Four workers in California have died this summer from heat-related illnesses.
With approval by OAL, the emergency heat stress regulations will be in effect for 120 days, during which time Cal/OSHA and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency will continue to work to adopt permanent regulations.