If you have employees who work outdoors, or in an indoor environment that lacks air conditioning, you need to familiarize yourself with the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s Heat Illness Standard. For example, did you know that employers are required to give employees access to potable water, which has been defined as being “fresh, pure, and suitably cool”? Water must be provided free of charge and be located as close as practicable to the areas where employees are working. It’s up to you to make sure you are following the guidelines set forth in the standard. A Heat Illness Prevention Plan must be provided in writing in both English and the language understood by the majority of the employees.
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