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What employers should know about proposed heat rules

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Employment Litigation |

Safety regulations are constantly changing and being updated to reflect the need for safe working environments in California. However, employers may find it difficult to maintain an awareness of the most current changes. Those who own warehouses and other types of businesses where workers are inside an environment without methods to control the temperatures may need to make some changes. A recent regulation was approved that will require some types of businesses to maintain a cooler working environment to prevent heat-related injuries to their employees.  

New rules regarding heat 

The California Divisions of Occupational Safety and Health recently approved new regulations regarding temperatures inside warehouses and other indoor facilities. Under the new regulations, employers would be required to provide cooling devices, access to water, areas to cool off during breaks, and monitoring for signs of heat-related illnesses. These regulations could be implemented in schools, kitchens, and other areas where inside temperatures are difficult to control.  

Adhering to these new regulations could be expensive for business owners. The installation of cooling devices in spacious work areas, not to mention the costs to have these devices installed, could be vast. If the regulations are approved by the Department of Finance, employers who have applicable work environments should take the steps needed to comply.   

Avoiding legal issues 

Employers have much to consider when it comes to balancing the costs of running a business and maintaining safe environments for employees. When new regulations are introduced, employers may worry about issues related to compliance with these regulations, especially when it comes to the possibility of an employee lawsuit. Those with concerns can benefit from speaking with a California attorney who understands the state’s employment laws.  



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