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  5:44 pm
Commenter: Kim Della Puca

Heat Relief Measures


We own an 9 bay Automotive Repair shop and our employees are very important to us. For this reason, we already have heat relief measures in place such as a shop exhaust fan, floor fans, as well as individual swamp coolers . We also provide company paid refrigerated water, gatorade and popsicles. We have 2 separate restrooms, one for customers, and one for technicians, both of which are climate controlled. They also have access to the only other climate controlled space in the building, which is the office/customer waiting room, if they feel the need to.  We feel that there is no need for government mandate to do this, as we are already doing everything we can to ensure our employees are happy and productive.

However, mandating a 15 minute break every hour, is not only unnecessary, but will kill production, especially for technicians who get paid based on flat rate, (labor hour, not floor hour) which would result in a 2.25 hour loss of pay PER DAY. Not to mention this would limit the amount of customers we could service in a day AND prolong their wait times unnecessarily.


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