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Employers Required to Provide Water, Shade for Employees

Employers Required to Provide Water, Shade for Employees

Keeping workers safe in this heat is the job of the employer. Making sure the job is getting done is the responsibility of Cal/OSHA.

The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, protects workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California through its research and standards, enforcement, and consultation programs, according to Cal/OSHA's website.

Bill Krycia, is the statewide heat enforcment coordinator. His men are in the field making sure employer are looking out for their workers as temps hit triple digits. He says anybody who works outside deserves to be safe. 

An adequate water supply means at least one quart per hour per employee, Krycia said. Employers must provide access to shade for outdoor workers any time the temperature is more than 85 degrees.

"Water and shade have to be close, because they're the cornerstone of prevention," he said.

And Krycia's inspectors have the authority to shut down job sites if adequate measures aren't being followed. 

The division protects all outdoor workers from agricultural workers to police officers to construction workers.

Check out the Cal/OSHA website for guidelines to prevent heat illness.

 

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