Heat Illness Prevention Is The Law

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Under California’s Heat Illness Prevention Regulation…employers must provide enough cool water so that each employee drinks at least four cups per hour and adequate, accessible shade. That’s in addition to mandatory training on how to avoid heat sickness.   

Jessica Hawthorne is an employment attorney with the California Chamber of Commerce. She points out that the state Department of Industrial Relations has the ability to issue stop work orders if companies don’t follow the regulations. 

"In addition, local district attorneys are starting to prosecute some of these cases and it’s significant fines and possible jail time for the violators…meaning the company owners."

Last year, state regulators found 616 heat illness violations that totaled $828,440 in fines.