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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6/7/21  11:58 am
Commenter: Eve Schwartz

Regulations on heat illness prevention for workers
Thank you for your leadership on creating the emergency COVID-19 standard. Please develop equally strong standards/regulations for addressing heat illness to protect farmworkers, construction workers, landscape workers, and other at-risk professionals. The regulation should outline standards for access to water, breaks, training so that workers can recognize the symptoms of heat illness in themselves and their colleagues,  and air-conditioning in employer-provided housing.  Most of us avoid working outdoors in mid-July or August because we can't stand the heat, so it is appropriate to provide standards to assure that these workers are protected.
Exploitation is always wrong.  Lack of regulations which would permit exploitation to happen is always bad public policy.  Please write standards that will protect those with outdoors work from heat illness.
CommentID: 98960