Rising temperatures activate heat regulations in Washington

May 16, 2024
Written by WR Communications

The first heat wave of 2024 in Washington triggered essential heat rules to safeguard outdoor workers. Regulated by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), these rules mandate frequent breaks, access to shade, and cool drinking water to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Protections activate at 80°F and intensify during higher heat. Employers must provide paid cool-down rest periods, adequate shade, and sufficient water. Close monitoring of workers is mandatory, especially during heat waves. Updated last year, the rules now activate at a lower temperature threshold and apply year-round, ensuring workers’ safety during extreme weather.

Recognizing symptoms of heat stress is vital, with heat exhaustion and heat stroke posing serious risks. Vigilance, hydration, and shade are key in preventing heat-related illnesses.

Employers and workers must prioritize safety during the summer heat.

Learn more: Be Heat Smart


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