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  12:25 pm
Commenter: Bruce Burton

NOIRA Regarding Heat Illness in At-Risk Workers

It is my understanding that the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board intends to develop a standard to help protect workers who are at risk of heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  I write to applaud your efforts and to respectfully suggest such a standard should provide workers with easy access to drinking water and air conditioning; frequent breaks; and significant training regarding working in hot conditions.

It's no secret that a southern state like Virginia is hot in the summer; on many days dangerously so.  Climate change promises to exacerbate this situation for workers whose occupation requires them to work outdoors.  I ask the Board to develop a strong standard that will protect Virginia's workers.

Respectfully submitted,

Bruce Burton

Alexandria, VA

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