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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6/3/21  1:21 am
Commenter: Mary Keene


Please develop strong standards/regulations for addressing heat illness to protect farmworkers & other at-risk workers.  The regulation should outline standards for access to water,  breaks, training & air conditioning in employer provided housing.  I would also reccomend having access to sunscreen SPF 50 or higher, insect repellants, & a simple graphics fact sheet like the CDC's on how to spot heat stroke & heat exhaustion to post in various locations, in Spanish as well.  I saw the inside of the old Kroger Bakery before it closed, when it was located on 5th St., Roanoke, VA back in the late 70s/early 80s  by an employee who said his job was "throwing pans", & was told due to bread needing to rise, no AC was allowed.  Even the few windows were blacked out.  I didn't ask if they were sealed up, so those types of workers need standards/regulations as well.  

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