Calif. State Fund, Kern County, Host Heat Illness Prevention Seminar

March 8, 2006

The Kern County Builders’ Exchange, in association with California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund, is sponsoring a free heat illness prevention seminar for policyholders, Exchange members and employers at State Fund’s Bakersfield, Calif., District Office. The seminar is part of State Fund’s ongoing educational program to create safe workplaces and update employers on workers’ compensation insurance regulations.

Featured speakers for the seminar entitled, “Complying with the Proposed Heat Illness Prevention Standard,” are Brad Aragon and Al Mirelez, loss control representatives from State Fund’s Bakersfield District Office.

Last summer the State Division of Occupational Safety and Health approved emergency Heat Illness Prevention Standard 3395 in response to a number of heat-related deaths in California. The State is expected to approve a permanent standard that requires heat illness education and training of supervisors and employees and response procedures if an employee suffers heat exposure. The seminar is specifically designed for construction and agricultural industries.

The seminar will define heat illness, outline employer requirements, list environmental as well as personal risk factors associated with heat exposure and teach employers how to reduce the risk of heat exposure and prevent serious injury or death.

“We are kicking off this important seminar early in the year in order to get employers to start thinking about heat exposure and its many risks it could present to their employees,” said State Fund’s Brad Aragon. “This seminar will help employers understand and manage many heat exposure issues and develop a training program that can support a safe workplace which benefits everyone.”

“Complying with the Proposed Heat Illness Prevention Standard” will be held 7 am. to 8:15 am. on Thursday, March 9th at State Fund’s Bakersfield District Office located at 9801 Camino Media in Bakersfield. To register, please fax an RSVP to (661) 324-5364 or call (661) 324-4921.

The Bakersfield seminar is among the free State Fund seminars held throughout the year to educate employers, employees, brokers and other system stakeholders about various workers’ compensation issues including how to decrease workers’ compensation costs.

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