Many employees working in indoor settings such as factories, kitchens, and warehouses work in hot environments without air conditioning and are often unable to take advantage of hot weather heat illness prevention policies that can apply to outdoor workers. This new regulation will help protect indoor workers against heat illness by mandating employers to provide access to drinking water and cool-down areas, rest breaks, employee training, and timely emergency aid.

The Cal OSHA Board will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed regulation starting May 18, 2023 at 10am.