New Regulations for Roofers in July 2023

By Amanda Fields, RCAW Executive Director and Gary Smith of IBA.

New worker heat illness regulation for the state of Washington started July 17.

On July 17, 2023, a new Washington state outdoor workers heat illness protection regulation takes effect. It applies to companies that have workers who work outdoors and when the temperature reaches or exceeds 80o Fahrenheit. The regulation has significant changes to the prior regulation. The regulation has three levels of applications:

  1. 80o Fahrenheit
  2. 90o Fahrenheit
  3. 100o Fahrenheit 

Employers with workers working outdoors need to:

  1. Prepare a new written Heat Illness Prevention Plan.
  2. Train employees on the new regulation requirements which include and are not limited to:
  3. Signs of heat illness and what the worker is to do.
  4. Providing workers with adequate drinking water during their entire work shift.
  5. Direct workers to take paid cool down/water breaks as needed.
  6. Providing workers with a shaded area for their cooldown/water breaks.
  7. Monitoring workers for signs of heat illness and taking appropriate action to address it.
  8. Additional requirements apply when the outdoor temperature reaches or exceeds 90o Fahrenheit. 
  9. Additional requirements when the outdoor temperature reaches or exceeds 100o Fahrenheit. 

Every business is different and IBA has prepared a draft Heat Illness Prevention Plan template for employers to use to help develop a Heat Illness Prevention Plan for their company for this new regulation that is available here:  www.ibaw.net/heatillnessapp23.pdf 

IBA has also prepared a draft Heat Illness Prevention Training Program template for employers to use to develop a Heat Illness Prevention training program for their employees to comply with this new regulation. Access it here: www.ibaw.net/heatillnesstrain23.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact Gary Smith at iba@isomedia.com or call him at either (360) 485-3336 or (425) 453-8621. 

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