The Heat Illness Prevention Standard (CCR, Title 8, Section 3395) requires all employers with outdoor worksites to take certain steps to prevent heat related illness. Heat related illness is a serious medical condition that results when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently through sweating. Both personal and environmental factors can contribute to the likelihood of developing heat related illnesses which includes heat stress, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope (fainting) and ultimately, heat stroke. The purpose of this program is to teach supervisors and employees how to reduce the risk of heat related illness, and respond properly should heat related illness occur.
Supervisors have the primary responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of their employees. Supervisors who have employees with outdoor worksites, or in indoor worksites where heat related illness is likely to occur (kitchens, boiler room, etc.) are responsible for:
- Ensuring their units comply with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard and the UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Program.
- Ensuring there is a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan for each outdoor location they have responsibility for.
- Developing and implementing special procedures to reduce the risk of heat related illness as needed.
- Being aware of the personal and environmental risk factors that contribute to heat illness.
- Developing and implementing procedures to reduce the risk of heat related illness.
- Ensuring employees have access to fresh drinking water and adequate shade to cool down during breaks.
- Ensuring their employees have received documented heat illness training.
- Ensuring employees working in hot conditions are accounted for at the end of the work shift.
- Knowing how to respond to heat related illness.
- Invoking High Heat and Emergency Response Procedures when required.
EH&S Resources and Services
Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) has administrative responsibility for the campus Heat Illness Prevention Program and will assist departments and supervisors in meeting their requirements under the program upon request. Specific EH&S Services and Resources are listed below:
- UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Program Manual
- Heat Illness Prevention Training for Employees - Login to the UCSB Learning Center and search for “Heat Illness”
- UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Program Compliance Checklist
- UCSB Campus Heat Illness Prevention Plan
- Worksite Specific Heat Illness Prevention Plan Worksheet for Supervisors
- Audits of local heat illness procedures, upon request
- Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard (CCR, Title 8, Section 3395)
- California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Heat Illness Prevention Information
- NOAA Heat Wave Information and Heat Index Chart