Heat Illness Prevention Program

Last Updated: 03/04/2018

The purpose of the Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) is to outline Cal Maritime's environmental health and safety requirements, expectations, and responsibilities in order to achieve effective campus safety performance through Integrated Safety Management (ISM). The Heat Illness Prevnetion Program is a subject specific component the supports the overall University IIPP and as such the Director of Safety and Risk Management (SRM), as delegated by the University President, is responsible for the implementation and administrative management for Cal Maritime's Injury Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) that meets the requirements of California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 8, section 3203) as well as other applicable California and Federal Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) requirement.

The purpose of the Cal MaritimeHeat Illness Prevention Program is to prevent heat related illness from occurring through education and proper work practices. This program also teaches individuals how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness, and how to respond should heat related illness occur. Heat related illness is a serious medical condition that results when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently through sweating. Both personal and environmental factors can contribute to the likelihood of developing heat related illnesses which include heat stress, heat exhaustion and ultimately, heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal, especially if medical treatment is delayed.

This program was written to comply with Cal/OSHA regulations for Heat Illness Prevention (CCR, Title 8, Section 3395). Note: Training Ship Golden Bear (TSGB) is regulated under MARAD. For operations pertaining to the TSGB  -  Refer to Shoreside Administration Manual (SAM) and Vessel Operations Manual (VOM).
Supervisors have the primary responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of their employees. Supervisors who have employees with outdoor worksites, or in indoor worksites where heat related illness is likely to occur (kitchens, boiler room, etc.) are responsible for:
  • Ensuring their units comply with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard(link is external) and the Cal Maritime Heat Illness Prevention Program.
  • Ensuring there is a written Heat Illness Prevention Plan covering all outdoor locations they have responsibility for.
  • Developing and implementing procedures to reduce the risk of heat related illness for operations under their immediate control.
  • Being aware of the personal and environmental risk factors that contribute to heat illness.
  • Ensuring employees have access to fresh drinking water and adequate shade to cool down during breaks.
  • Ensuring their employees have received documented heat illness training.
  • Ensuring employees working in hot conditions are accounted for at the end of the work shift.
  • Knowing how to respond to heat related illness.
  • Invoking High Heat and Emergency Response Procedures when required
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