#262 Heat Illness High Heat
Revised Regulation – Effective May 1, 2015:
When the temperature equals or exceeds 95° F, you must implement additional preventative heat illness measures. You must also ensure effective communication between yourself and your employees’ onsite; by voice, observation, or electronic means.
When the temperature equals or exceeds 95° F:
- Observe employees for alertness and signs and symptoms of heat illness
- Supervisory or designee observation of 20 or fewer employees
- Implement a mandatory buddy system
- Ensure regular communication
- Designate one or more employees to call for emergency services
- Give more frequent reminders to drink plenty of water
- Hold pre-shift meetings on heat illness prevention
Ensure effective communication; respond to signs and symptoms of possible heat illness:
- Supervisor to take immediate, appropriate action
- If indicators of serious heat illness, implement emergency response procedures
- Employees exhibiting / reporting signs or symptoms of heat illness shall be monitored & not left alone. Onsite 1st aid or appropriate emergency medical services shall be offered.
- Contact emergency medical services and ensure that clear and precise directions to the site can be provided