Heat Illness

Top 3 Ways to Stay Hydrated on a Hot Day

Your body needs a certain amount of water for your organs to work properly. If you don’t replace the water that you are releasing as sweat, your body will not function well.

Acclimatization: Getting Used to Working in the Heat

Heat-related illness poses a serious health risk to farmworkers, especially as their work season overlaps with hot summer temperatures. Workers are at higher risk of heat-related illness if they are not acclimated (or used to) the heat.

Extreme Weather Events

Over the past decade, California has become more prone to weather extremes, including increased frequency and severity of heat waves, droughts, and wildfires.

How have these weather extremes affected the work, health, and safety of agricultural employers and farmworkers? How are they preparing for the future?

A Look Back at 2019

WCAHS looks back at Research and Outreach activities for 2019.

Heat Illness Prevention Standard Requirements

As the summer heat quickly approaches, it is important for all outdoor places of employment, including agriculture, to know that a Heat Illness Prevention Plan can be integrated into their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP).

2018–2019 Rapid Response Funding Awarded

Earlier this year, WCAHS accepted proposals for short-term projects that address research, outreach, or educational issues of agricultural health and safety in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and/or Nevada.

Climate Change

Extreme weather caused by climate change requires changes in farm management, crop and livestock practices, and farmworker health and safety measures.

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.