The California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal/OSHA) has distributed a proposed regulation for the use of agricultural personnel transport carriers (PTCs).  PTCs have been used for many years to transport workers in operations involving the installation and removal of irrigation piping.  But their use came under scrutiny in 2012 when former Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Chief Ellen Widess required agricultural operations to apply for and obtain a variance permitting use of the carriers or face citations carrying steep fines for operating them without a variance.

Jason Resnick

Members of the Western Growers Board of Directors convened this week in Orange County under the leadership of Chairman Bruce Taylor to deliberate the top issues affecting the industry. High on the list of issues discussed were the drought and regulatory restrictions on water supply, food safety, labor union activities and immigration reform.  Several standing committees featured guest speakers.  Dr. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water cycle scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and David Orth, general manager of the Kings River Conservation District, presented to the Water Committee; Amy Wolfe, president and CEO of AgSafe, presented to the Labor Committee; and Dr. Jerry Baron, executive director of IR-4 presented to the Food Safety, Science & Technology Committee. 

Dave Puglia

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