The California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) is continuing to move towards adopting a standard to address Heat Illness in Indoor Places of Employment. The latest version of the draft standard was released on January 29, 2019 with a few notable changes from the October 24, 2018 draft. As it currently stands, the standard will apply to all indoor workplaces where the temperature is greater than or equal to 82°F when employees are present. Workplaces that exhibit any of the following conditions are subject to additional Assessment and Control Measures detailed in subsection (e) of the standard:
*Note: In the previous version of the standard draft, the threshold for conditions A and B was 90 degrees °F, and conditions C and D did not have a temperature threshold.
Similar to the Outdoor Heat Illness Prevention standard, workplaces that fall under the Indoor Heat Illness Prevention standard will be required to do the following:
As previously stated, workplaces that meet any of the Assessment and Control conditions will be subject to additional recordkeeping and control requirements detailed in subsection (e) of the standard. These workplaces will be required to measure and document the temperature or heat index (whichever is higher) when it is suspect that subsection (e) may apply and maintain records for at least 12 months. These workplaces will must also implement engineering controls, where feasible, to reduce the temperature or heat index to below 87 degrees °F or below 82 degrees °F where employees wear clothing that restricts heat removal or where there is high radiant heat. Where engineering controls are not sufficient, the employer will have to implement administrative controls and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
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