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Approved Emergency Regulations on Heat Illness Prevention Now in Effect.



SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden  -- The State Office of Administrative Law administrative law, law governing the powers and processes of administrative agencies. The term is sometimes used also of law (i.e., rules, regulations) developed by agencies in the course of their operation.  (OAL OAL Office of Administrative Law
OAL Overall Length (see LOA)
OAL Open Audio License (EFF)
OAL Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa (Portugese: Lisbon Astronomical Observatory) 
) yesterday approved the emergency regulations for heat illness prevention submitted by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board on Aug. 12. 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 regulations:

--Require education of supervisors and employees likely to be exposed to heat stress on how to prevent heat illness and what to do should it occur;

--Require that access to a shaded area is available to any worker suffering from heat illness or needing shade to prevent the onset of illness;

--Re-state existing law requiring water to be available at all times and ensure workers understand the importance of frequent consumption of water.

"Now that the proposed regulations are approved they allow immediate action in helping to prevent heat illness and further deaths. This begins the process of public review to develop a permanent standard that will continue these protections into the future," said Victoria Bradshaw, Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary. "Among the provisions of the regulations, the real key is education for both workers and employers on how to avoid heat related illness in the first place."

The regulations apply equally to all who work outdoors in conditions that induce in·duce
v.
1. To bring about or stimulate the occurrence of something, such as labor.

2. To initiate or increase the production of an enzyme or other protein at the level of genetic transcription.

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 heat stress -- from the farm worker to the roofer to the laborer paving the highway. "The recent deaths of farm workers, construction workers, and a moving company employee highlight the need for a regulation that protects all those who work outside," said Division of Occupational Safety and Health Acting Chief Len Welsh.

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 with the board, and worker and employer communities towards the adoption of permanent regulations.

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meantime, meanwhile
, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health is already educating employers and workers on methods of heat stress avoidance. It has launched a campaign that includes an advisory bulletin, a Spanish language Spanish language, member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Romance languages). The official language of Spain and 19 Latin American nations, Spanish is spoken as a first language by about 330 million persons  radio blitz blitz  
n.
1.
a. A blitzkrieg.

b. A heavy aerial bombardment.

2. An intense campaign: a media blitz focused on young voters.

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, and a Web page outlining preventative measures.

To find out more about protecting workers from heat stress visit our Web site at www.dir.ca.gov See .gov and GovNet.

(networking) gov - The top-level domain for US government bodies.
 or call 510-286-7000.
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