New heat illness prevention regulations have been adopted by the California Office of Administrative Law. They are in effect as of May 1, 2015. Our earlier blog, Heat Illness Prevention Amendments Are Likely to Take Effect May 1, 2015 provides details of what the new regulations require.

The new regulation applies to all outdoor places of employment, but the high heat (over 95 degrees) requirements apply only to the following industries: agriculture, construction, landscaping, oil and gas extraction, and transportation and delivery of agricultural and construction products or other heavy materials, such as furniture, cargo, lumber, freight, cabinets, and other industrial or commercial materials. We recommend that you review the Department of Industrial Relations FAQ dated May 14, 2015 for a discussion of the various issues under the heat illness prevention regulation. Other resources for help in implementing the requirements can be found at

If you have any questions about this, you can contact our attorneys, Tim Bowles, Cindy Bamforth, or Helena Kobrin.

Helena Kobrin, May 29, 2015

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