CHIPS

California Heat Illness Prevention Study Findings

March 15, 2019
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.

Schenker named ‘Leader in Field’ of Agromedicine

January 22, 2019
The Journal of Agromedicine has named distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Dr. Marc Schenker, its “Leader in the Field” for 2019.

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!

November 28, 2017
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

For agricultural workers who work outdoors, heat illness can be a serious problem. Heat illness—including heat exhaustion and heat stroke—refers to a variety of symptoms including: headaches, dizziness, cramps, fainting, rapid heartbeat, and disorientation.

The State of California requires that all employers train their employees about heat illness prevention and provide plenty of water and access to shade. Employers must be in compliance with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

Life of a WCAHS Student Researcher: Heat Illness Study

September 04, 2014
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.