heat illness

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.

Current Research Projects

Differential Characterization of Air Pollutant Emissions & Associated Toxicity from Common Agricultural Practices 

PIs: Kent Pinkerton, PhD and Keith Bein, PhD, UC Davis

This project aims to improve farmworker health with a focus on air quality. Air pollution (particulate matter emissions) from agricultural practices differs in physical and chemical composition, which determines its toxicity and resulting health effects.

Farm Workers Help Design 4 New Heat Illness Prevention Videos

September 12, 2016

The California Heat Illness Prevention Study (CHIPS) is proud to present 4 new Spanish-language educational videos on:

  1.            Heat and Humidity Index
  2.            Importance of Water, Shade, and Rest
  3.            Symptoms of Heat Illness
  4.            What to Do In Case of an Emergency

The videos are each 2 to 3 minutes long and based on feedback from farm worker focus groups that said they would prefer watching short, informative videos on heat illness rather than receive written pamphlets.

Professional Dreams May Change, but the Overall Goal is Reached

December 22, 2014

Jose Gutierrez has made an incredibly positive impact at WCAHS since he first started as a student worker in 2010. Below he reflects on his various experiences at WCAHS before leaving for a new job as coordinator of Pasos Saludables – a farmworker wellness program – at Reiter Affiliated Companies, one of the world’s largest berry growers. Jose will be missed, but we are excited to see him continue his path in occupational health and safety!

Life of a WCAHS Student Researcher: Heat Illness Study

September 04, 2014

Note: 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.