In a press release issued today, Cal/OSHA announced it cited six employers $241,950 for workplace safety and health violations after reports that workers contracted Valley Fever on a solar project construction site in Monterey County.

“Employers who work in areas endemic to Valley Fever must take preventative measures to protect workers who may be exposed,” said Juliann Sum, Chief of Cal/OSHA said in the release.

The agency took the opportunity to provide tips to employers for reducing the risk of Valley Fever exposure, which include:

A recently released Consumer Product Safety Commission report on ladder safety revealed some eye-opening statistics regarding the frequency and severity of ladder-related incidents in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured and hundreds are killed in ladder-related incidents. Determining the root cause of these incidents can lead to the prevention of the majority of injuries and deaths.

Some compelling statistics include:

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have developed a real-time heat index app that helps employers and employees plan work around the heat. The app gives users hourly heat forecasts for individual locations and also provides safety and health recommendations on preventing heat illness. 

The app could be especially useful to employers and farmworkers in California and Arizona who have been experiencing extreme heat conditions over the last couple of weeks.

Western Growers and AgSafe are hosting a series of two-day workshops in July to assist fresh produce companies in meeting training requirements under the final FDA produce safety rule, “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption.”

During the first day, participants will have the opportunity to take the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Growers Training Course. During the second day, they will have the option to receive bilingual training on how to implement the FDA’s produce rule.

Stephanie Metzinger

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