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California’s Indoor Heat Protection Rule Will Clear the Legal Air

Aug. 31, 2018, 1:06 PM

California employers’ decisions about whether they have to protect workers from high temperatures should be easier once the state’s proposed indoor heat rule is completed, attorneys tell Bloomberg Environment.

Since California’s outdoor heat exposure rule took effect in 2006, a continuing issue has been whether the outdoor rule also can apply to workplaces that could be considered indoors.

The indoor heat rule, now being written, should provide clarity to employers’ responsibilities, said Tim Shadix, a staff attorney with the California worker advocacy group Worksafe Inc. in the city of Ontario.

The state has tried to apply ...