According to the EPA, a total of more than 9,000 Americans, that have been reported, suffered heat-related deaths between 1979 and 2013. The EPA climate change indicator shows a peak in heat-related deaths in 2006, a year that was associated with widespread heat waves and was the second-hottest year on record in the adjoining 48 states.
As predicted temperatures continue to rise, organization such as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) (Cal/OSHA) and the Building Industry Association of Southern California’s (BIASC) Southern California Builders Safety Alliance Committee (SCBSA) are attempting to prevent some of the one in ten deaths, according to OSHA and the Bureau of labor Statistics, of workers who become sick from exposure to heat and die by providing information to employers to prevent heat exposure illness and death and making them responsible for providing workplaces that are safe from excessive heat.
Summer is just around the corner and in preparation for the upcoming skyrocketing temperatures SCBSA wants to make local builders and building industry employers knowledgeable about current OSHA requirements.
The committee has invited John Ford, Senior Safety Engineer Cal/OSHA and Moe Davis, of Alliant Insurance, to speak at a free informational event for BIASC members taking place April 21, 2016 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Pavilion Park Community Center.