FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IR #2012-15
April 4, 2012

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Cal/OSHA joins agricultural groups to launch training on Heat Illness Prevention

Cal/OSHA and 20 agricultural groups unite to promote this year’s efforts to protect California’s outdoor workers

Who: Chris Lee, Deputy Chief, Cal/OSHA
Manuel Cunha, Nisei Farmers League

What: News conference to promote this year’s statewide heat illness prevention training to protect California’s outdoor workers. Free training will be provided in both Spanish and English. No reservation is required.

When:Thursday, April 5, 2012
Spanish session at 10:30 a.m.
English session at 1:00 p.m

Where:C.P.D.E.S Hall
172 W. Jefferson Ave.
Easton (South of Fresno, CA)

Why:California once again became a national leader in efforts to protect the health and safety of workers when in 2006, the state became the first to institute a permanent Heat Illness Prevention Standard to protect outdoor workers from heat illness, injury and death.  California continues to lead the way by doing what no other state is doing, partnering with agricultural groups to provide comprehensive training to agricultural employers and employees about the dangers of heat illness and how to prevent it.

The emphasis of this training series is to provide farm labor contractors, field supervisors and growers with potentially life-saving information about the requirements of Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention regulation and the necessity of implementing effective steps to prevent heat illnesses.  The intent is to ensure managers are in compliance with the law and that their workers are protected.  This training will be the first of several “Heat Illness Prevention in Agriculture” education sessions to be held this year across the state.

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