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Labor Board Votes To Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

Sacramento, CA — The state´s workplace safety board has approved emergency regulations requiring employers to train workers how to avoid heat stroke on sizzling days and provide breaks in the shade.

The regulations were ordered by Governor Schwarzenegger after legislators and labor activists blamed recent deaths on inadequate worker protections during a heat wave that has blanketed parts of the state for about a month.

The rules will become permanent. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating eight deaths and five illnesses believed to be heat-related.

The earliest case dates back to July 12th. The new rules could affect hundreds of thousands of workers at outdoor construction sites, amusement parks and agricultural fields, where the harvest is approaching its peak.