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 covering all outdoor locations they have responsibility for (customizable worksite specific plan available in PDF and Word formats).
- Developing and implementing procedures to reduce the risk of heat related illness.
- Being aware of the personal and environmental risk factors that contribute to heat 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: