Cronote reminders can be used toward Heat Illness Prevention.
According to the California Code of Regulations, when the temperature meets or exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit, employers must remind their employees throughout the workshift to drink plenty of water. The excerpt from Title 8, section 3395 Heat Illness Prevention is as follows:
(e) High-heat procedures. The employer shall implement high-heat procedures when the temperature equals or exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit. These procedures shall include the following to the extent practicable:
(1) Ensuring that effective communication by voice, observation, or electronic means is maintained so that employees at the work site can contact a supervisor when necessary. An electronic device, such as a cell phone or text messaging device, may be used for this purpose only if reception in the area is reliable.
(2) Observing employees for alertness and signs or symptoms of heat illness.
(3) Reminding employees throughout the work shift to drink plenty of water.
(4) Close supervision of a new employee by a supervisor or designee for the first 14 days of the employee’s employment by the employer, unless the employee indicates at the time of hire that he or she has been doing similar outdoor work for at least 10 of the past 30 days for 4 or more hours per day.
The Cronote platform provides a cost-effective mechanism for scheduling text message reminders for large groups. The reminders can contain any message, in any language (i.e. “Remember to drink water”). Each text message costs $0.05 and pre-scheduled to be sent out at a specific time in the future. Over the next two weeks, we are building recurring reminders to increase ease of use in scheduling daily reminders for prolonged periods.
For more information on Heat Illness Prevention, visit the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) website. The 2012 Heat Illness Prevention Training Materials are also posted on the website.