|NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention
|Ended on 6/9/2021
I urge the Board to develop standards addressing heat illness to protect farmworkers, landscapers, construction workers and other workers at risk from dangerous heat in Virginia. They play a vital role in the state's economy, and must be protected. Unlike those of us who work indoors and can avoid being outside in extreme heat and humidity, these workers have no choice if they want to earn a livelihood. Please ensure the heat illness regulations you create include workers' access to water, sufficient breaks (especially in shade when possible), safe training, and air conditioning in employer-provided housing. Thank you for making Virginia safer for our workers, especially those who must work outdoors or in extremely hot indoor situations. I sincerely appreciate your leadership on creating the emergency COVID-19 safeguards for workers and hope you will act with the same diligence and empathy on behalf of workers at risk from the heat.