Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Labor and Industry
Safety and Health Codes Board
Heat Illness Prevention Standard [16 VAC 25 ‑ 210]
Action NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention
Comment Period Ended on 6/9/2021
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6/9/21  11:43 pm
Commenter: Patty McGrath, Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Worker Protections against HEAT risks

I applaud your leadership in creating emergency COVID-19 standards.

Now, in recognition of the effects of climate change on our environment, I urge you to develop strong standards/regulations for addressing heat illness, most especially to protect farmworkers and other at-risk workers.

Regulations should provide minimum standards for access to water, breaks, training and air-conditioning in employer-provided housing. The farmworkers, who provide the food we eat, are especially vulnerable working in unhealthy and dangerous conditions.

Thank you for making our area safer and more just for all.

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