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 developing heat related illness, recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness and how to respond should heat related illness occur.
Supervisors have the primary responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of their employees. Supervisors who have employees who work outside, or in indoor areas where heat related illness is likely to occur (kitchens, boiler room, etc.) must do the following:
- Comply with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard and the UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Program.
- Be aware of the symptoms and risk factors that contribute to heat illness and develop procedures to reduce the risk of heat related illness.
- Ensure employees have access to fresh drinking water and adequate shade to cool down during breaks.
- Ensure employees working in hot conditions are accounted for at the end of the work shift.
- Know what to do and how to summon emergency responders should a heat illness emergency occur.
- Invoke High Heat Procedures when required.
- Ensure their employees are trained on the following;
- The signs and symptoms of heat related illness.
- The personal and environmental risk factors that can contribute to heat related illness.
- The importance of immediately reporting to the employer, directly or through the employee's supervisor, symptoms or signs of heat illness in themselves, or in co-workers.
- Procedures for responding to symptoms of possible heat illness, including how emergency medical services will be provided should they become necessary.
Environmental Health & Safety will provide the following services upon request:
- Training for supervisors and employees on the requirements of the UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Program and how to control the risk of heat-induced illness, recognize heat illness symptoms, and respond should a heat illness emergency occur.
- Additional technical assistance to campus supervisors and employees on issues relating to heat illness and the Heat Illness Prevention Program.
- Audits of local heat illness procedures.
- UCSB Heat Illness Prevention Training - Login to UCSB Learning Center and search for Heat Illness
- Heat Illness Prevention Checklist for Supervisors
- Worksite Specific Heat Illness Prevention Procedure Worksheet for Supervisors
- 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