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Canada : Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers with Outdoor Workers that Fresh Water Must be Provided to Prevent Heat Illness.

Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers they must provide fresh water and encourage workers to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat illness, especially during heat waves.

The National Weather Service has extended its forecast for excessive heat in California through this Friday, June 23. Outdoor workers should have enough fresh, pure and suitably cool water so that they can drink at least one quart per hour during the workday, and should not wait until they are thirsty to hydrate, said Juliann Sum, Chief of Cal/OSHA. This is particularly important during extended periods of triple-digit heat. Employers should remind workers of the importance of staying hydrated and ensure they have easy access to drinking water at the worksite.

When temperatures reach 95 degrees or above, employers are required to implement high heat procedures to ensure outdoor workers are protected. Procedures include effective monitoring of all workers through methods such as a mandatory buddy system for workers or regular communication with workers who work alone.

Industries affected by high heat procedures are: Agriculture, Construction, Landscaping, Oil and gas extraction, Transportation or delivery of agricultural products, construction materials or other heavy materials Californias Heat Illness Prevention Standard requires employers to train workers on the signs and symptoms of heat illness, provide shade when temperatures exceed 80 degrees, allow workers to take cool down rest breaks in the shade and develop emergency response procedures and train workers on how to execute those procedures when necessary.

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Date:Jun 23, 2017
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