California has adopted a new workplace safety standard to provide protection to agricultural workers, those who do farming and other agricultural jobs during the night-time (between sunset to sunrise).
The new workplace safety standards is going to be enforced by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), that was approved on 3rd June 2020 by the Office of the Administrative Law and this new safety standards is going to be in effect from 1st July 2020.
According to Chief Doug Parker of Cal/OSHO “Agricultural workers face additional hazards at night when visibility is limited. These common-sense standards will enable workers to see hazards and make them visible to operators of tractors and other equipment.”
Agricultural workers can now assess each outdoor workplaces to determine the appropriate lighting levels, enforce protective measures to enhance the visibility of employees by agricultural equipment and vehicle operators, and ensure sufficient lighting for employees based on the activity, region or task assigned to them. Before the start of each shift, managers will hold safety meetings to educate staff about their surroundings and high-traffic areas.