Much of the state of California will reach 85 degrees this weekend and as such, it is imperative that agricultural employers ensure their heat illness prevention programs are in full effect.

Cal/OSHA Enforcement has begun their heat sweeps, kicking off the season on April 12.  Agriculture is a target industry with specific requirements in high heat.  Please take the necessary steps to protect your workers and be in compliance!

(For more, see: Heat illness always a threat to agriculture workers)

1. Training: Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.

2. Water: Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink and least 1 quart per hour and encourage them to do so.

3. Shade: Provide access to shade for at least five minutes of rest when an employee believes he or she needs a preventative recovery period. They should not wait until they feel sick to do so.

4. Planning: Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

Additional information, including FREE resources to give to employees and upcoming Heat Illness Prevention Training by Cal/OSHA can be found on the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention website.

If you have questions or need help in implementing a heat illness prevention program, contact AgSafe at 209-526-4400 or safeinfo@agsafe.org.  We are here to help!