Tag Archives: OSHA

Protecting the Hard Working Hands

Farmworkers  are some of the most forgotten and unacknowledged workers in the United States. The general public has little knowledge of the many challenges agriculture workers face on a daily basis: extremely limited access to health care; poverty incomes; exposure … Continue reading

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Workers Memorial Week Reflection

“Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate … Continue reading

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Farmworker Health in Puerto Rico and the Mainland: Place Makes a Difference

National Farm Safety Week took place last month, from September 16 through September 22. Unfortunately, just last week, one day after a bill purported to address heat-related injuries and deaths in California was defeated, another farmworker lost his life due to heat. Occupational … Continue reading

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New Opportunities in Renewable Energy

Texas is currently one of the leaders in the renewable energy field and has positioned itself to remain that way for the next several years to come.  This growing industry is leading to new and high paying jobs for those … Continue reading

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Exceeding Expectations and Saving Lives

As we come into the homestretch of the Heat Stress Prevention Training Marathon, we applaud those who participated and cheer them to the finish line. We won’t know the final results until Monday morning, as we have some folks on … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Farmworker Health

The Earth’s climate has become warmer over the past century, a trend that the vast majority of climate scientists attribute to human activity. Warming is expected to continue – a recent study projected the average global temperature will rise between 2.5 and … Continue reading

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Heat Stress and Rest

By Guillermo Gonzalez, AFOP SAFE AmeriCorps Member Water, Rest, Shade: these are three things that camels do not require, since they can walk for days in the desert, where there is not only tremendous heat, but almost no access to … Continue reading

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Heat Stress Prevention with Water

As we near the summer season, with its unforgiving high temperatures that have taken so many farmworkers’ lives, it’s critical we rally behind the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Water. Rest. Shade. Campaign. Through this … Continue reading

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National Heat Stress Awareness Week

The National Safety Council’s 2009 edition of Injury Facts ranked agriculture as our nation’s most dangerous industry with 28.6 deaths per 100,000 adult workers. Agricultural workers have a heat-related death rate 20 times greater than the general American workforce, according … Continue reading

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Women in the Work Place

Yesterday marked the inauguration of National Labor Rights Week, a celebration which first began three years ago. The theme for this year is “Women in the Work Place.” I, along with our Children in the Fields Campaign Director Norma Flores … Continue reading

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