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Protect Yourself Against Professional Identity Theft

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Licensees can quickly become a victim of identity theft when their CSLB license information is stolen from an online source.

Be aware that if you post an image of your CSLB license or pocket license on your website, dishonest individuals can easily copy, save and print your information to defraud both your business and unsuspecting consumers.

CSLB recommends that you watermark these images before you post them online to prevent criminal use of your license.

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Heat Regulations Reminder

Heat-related illnesses can be deadly, so be sure to protect yourself and your employees during California's hot summer and early fall months.

According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), 41 heat-related illnesses and one fatality were reported in 2009. Cal/OSHA also reported in 2009 that 16 job sites were shut down and 1,158 citations were given to employers who were found to be in violation of health and safety guidelines.

Training for employees is both mandatory and a helpful tool in preventing heat-related illnesses. Before beginning to work outdoors, workers should be made aware of the symptoms of heat-related illness, the company's emergency procedures, and the importance of drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the shade.

When temperatures exceed 85 degrees, shade must be provided for all employees. Supervisors should also encourage employees to take regular rests in the shade for at least five minutes at a time. The amount of shade present should accommodate about 25 percent of workers on the clock at any time, according to Cal/OSHA.

Employers should make water readily accessible to employees during their shift, and workers should drink it often. It is recommended that workers drink four cups (32 ounces) of water every hour, even if they are not thirsty.

If a worker begins to show signs of a heat-related illness, it's important to look for the specific symptoms of either heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and call 9-1-1:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cramps
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dry, red, hot skin
  • Fainting
  • High body temperature
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
If you would like to learn more about heat regulations, obtain a copy of the employee training kit, or learn more ways to prevent heat-related illnesses while on the job, visit the Cal/OSHA website    | previous    |    next