According to the National Cancer Research Institute, heat-related illnesses are not the only threats to which outdoor workers are exposed. A spokesperson says 90% of skin cancers result from preventable ultraviolet exposure, many of the victims are outdoor workers in California and other states. Direct sunlight increases the risk of workplace injuries like skin cancer and cataracts.
When a business in California uses a staffing agency to provide temporary employees, both entities are responsible for the safety of the worker. The staffing agency must ensure that the work environment into which it places workers is free of known hazards that could cause workplace injuries. It must also provide workers with basic safety training while the company where the worker is placed is responsible for giving facility-specific safety training.
As the weather warms up, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is focusing on its annual quest to create awareness about the dangers of heat illness. Both employers and employees must be reminded annually that heat exposure, like many other workplace injuries, can be fatal. The safety agency collaborates with multiple organizations, including agricultural employers, each year to provide training on the risks of heat exposure to outdoor workers.
Most employers in California are required by law to provide you with workers' compensation benefits if you suffer a work-related injury or illness that puts you out of work. But what if the company does everything it can to avoid its responsibilities in the name of saving money?
Workers in California might be interested in statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report indicates the primary causes of fatal workplace injuries that occurred in all industries nationwide throughout 2017. The National Safety Council responded to the CDC report by saying that employers and employees know how to save lives, and the failure to prioritize workplace safety leads to fatalities.
Valley Fever became a health risk concern for safety authorities in California after workers at solar installations were exposed to fungal spores that caused the illness. Just like any workplace injuries, employers must also protect workers from exposure to occupational diseases. They must control exposure to hazardous materials, and report any incidents of Valley Fever or other occupational illnesses.