Last month, The Biden Administration announced new actions aimed at protecting workers and communities from extreme heat. Georgia farmers are no strangers to working in hot conditions and taking steps to limit heat exposure for workers. Since 2021, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has conducted over 2,800 heat focused inspections, and we know visits in Georgia have already begun.
OSHA has not yet released complete heat standards but now is the time to get prepared.
- Download this Heat Stress Awareness Poster and Hang it in Your Facility or Office – 18×24 or 8.5×14
- Visit the GFVGA website to find guidelines and key insights.
- Create a plan for your farm and facility that details how you will approach heat stress for your farm workers.
As hot conditions continue, The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Grower Association is pleased to provide resources to help both employers and employees recognize, prevent, and react to heat stress conditions. This includes tips on beating the heat as well as downloadable posters that provide information on keeping your workers safe during high heat periods. Find their home page here: https://www.gfvga.org/ .
For more information, please contact GFVGA, 706-845-8200. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2023 Georgia Ag Labor Relations forum on November 14-15. Heat guidelines will be a key element of education at this event. To receive notifications like directly to your cell phone text GFVGA to 855-909-0839.