The first in a series of seminars to help educate farm labor contractors, growers and supervisors about heat illness prevention regulations was held on April 5, in Easton, Calif. Attendees learned about methods and policy to prevent heat illness that could be shared with their staff.

California employers are required to take these four steps to prevent heat illness:

1. Training: Train all employees and supervisors about heat illness prevention.

2. Water: Provide enough fresh water so that each employee can drink and least 1 quart per hour and encourage them to do so.

3. Shade: Provide access to shade for at least five minutes of rest when an employee believes he or she needs a preventative recovery period. They should not wait until they feel sick to do so.

4. Planning: Develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

The seminars aim to reduce heat illness injuries in agriculture by training participants about the dangers of heat-related injuries and how heat injuries can be pre-vented.

Two additional classes will be held in Bakersfield on April 18 and Modesto on April 26. Two sessions — a Spanish session begins at 10 a.m. and an English session that begins at 1 p.m. — are scheduled.

For more information, or to register, contact Fresno County Farm Bureau at (559) 237-0263 or info@fcfb.org.

Informational handouts on the heat stress prevention regulations are available online at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/HeatIllnessInfo.html.