CalOHA is currently monitoring Assembly Bill 2243 which would require Cal/OSHA on or before December 31, 2025, to submit a proposal for revising regulations on heat illness “to include an ultrahigh heat standard for employees in outdoor places of employment for heat in excess of 105 degrees Fahrenheit.” Revisions that are being required would include an increase in mandatory cool down periods, immediate availability of cool water, and an increase in monitoring for heat-related illnesses, among others.
This bill would also require that Cal/OSHA revise the wildfire smoke regulation originally adopted in 2019, lowering the AQI (Air Quality Index) threshold at which protections equipment would become mandatory.
Assembly Bill 2243 has been amended in Senate as of June 29, 2022 and sent back to committee. Stay tuned for updates as it progresses but in the meantime, check out these tips for keeping both your workers and guest cool and safe through the summer heat waves.
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