Central Valley Farms Prepare for Hot Summer Weather
Farms across California are getting ready for the summer weather and the heat that comes along with it. Eugene Glendenning, who works for Cal/OSHA, stated:
This year we’re starting off cool and we’re going to go warm much quicker, so climatization is going to be an issue and the three main essentials of the heat illness prevention are water, rest, and shade.
Last month, many farms held state mandated heat safety training sessions in preparation for the hot weather. Sessions are held in Spanish and English and the lessons are very important for crew bosses and field supervisors because they are the ones that are in charge of the farm workers. Once the temperatures outside reach 85 degrees, farms must set up shade structures for the workers to have somewhere to escape the blazing sun. Employers must have a heat illness prevention plan, allow workers regular bathroom breaks, and provide workers with access to cool water at all times. This is a good reminder for everyone to avoid the sun if possible and to stay hydrated while outside.
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