CHIPS

California Heat Illness Prevention Study Findings

Avoidable deaths and heat-related illnesses still occur among California farmworkers despite regulations from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) and a campaign to encourage drinking more water and taking more rests in the shade.

Heat-Related Illness

Agricultural workers are at increased susceptibility to heat-related illnesses and fatalities due to their work outside. Despite regulations from the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA), avoidable deaths and heat-related illnesses still occur among California farmworkers.

Congratulations to Our Research Award Winners!

The California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) received a research paper award at the June 2017 International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health conference held in Logan, Utah.

Heat Illness Prevention

Heat illness—including heat exhaustion and heat stroke—occurs when the body’s temperature rises too high and can include symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, cramps, fainting, rapid heartbeat, and disorientation.

Life of a WCAHS Student Researcher: Heat Illness Study

Eddie and his co-workers have been working throughout the summer season on CA farms to better understand how to prevent heat illness associated with farm work. Data collected includes the internal temperature of participants as they work, how much water they drink, and on-site weather conditions.