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Heat Rules Are Being Put In Place

Sacramento, CA — Governor Schwarzenegger has endorsed new rules designed to prevent heat stress for people who work outdoors at farms and construction sites.

The proposed rules approved Tuesday include requirements for drinking water, shade and training of employees. A state board could adopt the rules next week.

4 heat-related deaths involving farm workers in July prompted a call for action at the state Capitol. Although proposed protections have been circulating for years, it was the recent deaths that led to an agreement between the governor, farm workers, and growers.

The new rules require an education program to spot the signs and the state has 64 new safety inspectors to look for abuse and enforce rules.