Safety Topic: Heat Stress
Following the heat-related deaths of a number of California’s Central Valley farm workers, the California Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA) Standards Board has announced new regulations to protect workers from extreme heat conditions.
Under the new workplace heat regulations, announced on June 16, supervisors and employers will be trained on risk factors related to heat illness. The training will include how to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness, how to respond to these symptoms, and procedures for contacting emergency medical services. The regulations also require farm workers to have easy access to shade and drinking water.