California Heat and Cold: What you need to know

California has adopted requirements for heat stress (heat illness) prevention that are stricter than federal requirements. The state’s stricter requirements include a definition for heat illness, written safety procedures to prevent heat illness, access to drinking water, access to shade, and employee training.

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The state rule for cold storage, processing, and manufacturing rooms regulates the method of escape from such rooms, and there is no federal rule that covers the same topic.

California’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) administers and enforces the state workplace safety and health requirements for private and public (state and local government operations) sector workplaces.

State Requirements
8 CCR 3395

Employers must control the risk of the occurrence of occupational heat illness in employees. Often such workplace occurrences are related to high temperatures in outdoor workplaces.

“Heat illness” defined. According to the rule, heat illness is “a serious medical condition resulting from the body’s inability to cope with a particular heat load and includes heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat syncope, and heat stroke.”

Applicability. The heat illness rule applies to all outdoor places of employment in agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil and gas extraction operations, and the transport of agricultural products or construction/heavy materials.

Access to Drinking Water

Employees must have access to clean drinking water. When access is not plumbed or otherwise continuously supplied, employees must be provided with water at a rate of at least 1 quart per employee per hour and enough for the entire work shift. Employers may provide smaller ...

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