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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6/2/21  10:47 pm
Commenter: Jacqueline H Dwyer

Heat Illness Prevention

I appreciate your leadership on creating the emergency COVID-19 standard. Please develop strong standards/regulations for addressing heat illness to protect farmworkers and other at-risk workers. The regulation should outline standards for access to water, breaks, training and air-conditioning in employer provided housing. I remember working over 20 years in the air-conditioned office of a local company with a large manufacturing area, and on hot summer days in the mid to upper 90s, the factory was a furnace. I never understood how the people who worked in that area could survive working for hours like that. Just walking through it briefly left me feeling very tired, lethargic and uncomfortable. It certainly was not a healthy situation.

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