Cal OSHA Vigorously Enforcing OSHA Heat Stress Standards

Cal OSHA continues to investigate the tragic death of a farm worker recently reported in the Bakersfield area. The tentative cause of death is related to Heat Stress.

In light of recent high temperatures, Cal OSHA’s maximum enforcement of its Heat Illness Prevention Standard included 597 inspections of agriculture, construction, landscaping and other outdoor worksites this June and July.

So far this year, Cal OSHA have issued 994 citations to 742 employers for heat-related violations which require corrective action to protect workers from heat illness. In fact, Cal OSHA has the authority to close a job site down if they feel that the employer is not in compliance with the Heat Stress standards which not only include providing water and shade, but also providing employees with the required training.

Unfortunately, these statistics represent that there are still a lot of employers out there not doing enough to protect their employees.

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