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Sweltering heat prompts agency to caution employers, workers

 

Last updated 8/13/2019 at 5:12pm



RIVERSIDE (CNS) - State officials on Tuesday, Aug. 13 urged Inland Empire employers and workers who spend time outdoors to take precautions against heat exposure over the next two days as temperatures hit triple digits.

Cal/OSHA issued a High Heat Advisory after the National Weather Service posted one of its own for most of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, warning that temperatures will exceed 100 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday, creating conditions that are conducive to heatstroke.

The NWS advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms (and) stay out of the sun,'' the Weather Service stated.

The heat will be most intense in the desert areas, including the Coachella Valley, according to forecasters.

Cal/OSHA highlighted the state's heat illness prevention standard in exhorting employers to be alert to exposure risks.

Under the standard, employers are required to ensure employees working outdoors have access to a phone by which to call for emergency aid, have plenty of cool drinking water on hand and can take regular breaks in shaded areas. Employers who do not adhere to the standard may be subject to fines.

 

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