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  10:40 am
Commenter: Ann Hess

protect our essential workers

Thank you for 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 am also concerned about other climate related conditions, some workers must work in cold conditions, for long periods increasing their exposure to crippling arthritis.

As mother of 2 sons who were required to work through COVID, but NOT given protection in their work with the public through enforcement by their employers requiring physical protection of distance or masks.  Both had to use unpaid time to receive the vaccination and juggle child care and home schooling.  


It is time to think of emplyment as part of LIFE and structure work to allow employees to be real people in a community.


Thank you for your attention to the welfare of all people.



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