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Cal/OSHA Holds Advisory Committee to --Develop a Regulation on Indoor Heat Illness

Tuesday, March 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Cal/OSHA Holds Advisory Committee to --Develop a Regulation on Indoor Heat Illness



CALPASC Director of Risk Management, Bruce Wick, attended the meeting in Oakland on February 28. SB 1167-Leyva-D, from 2016, requires Cal/OSHA to present a regulation on indoor heat illness prevention to the Cal/OSHA Standards Board for adoption, by January 1, 2019. 


In response to a question from Bruce Wick, Cal/OSHA responded that they intend not only to have a regulation proposed to the Standards Board, but adopted by the deadline. This moves the regulatory timelines forward quite a bit. Bruce and the other employers involved will not allow the artificially imposed deadlines to be used as leverage on developing this regulation.


Cal/OSHA presented a draft discussion document to the advisory committee attendees that was extremely broad in scope, and quite complex to comply with. Many employers would need to continually adjust their indoor heat illness prevention requirements based on worker clothing, humidity, ventilation; and intensity of the work. Bruce and other employer representatives obviously pushed back on the document. Cal/OSHA will be taking comments until March 31, 2017. They will then review and develop a new discussion document for the next advisory committee meeting in Southern California, likely to be held in June. You can see a copy of the original document here.

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