The 2013 Heat Illness Prevention Program through Cal/OSHA plans to inform California workers of the possible dangers of outdoor work in the summer. A heat-related personal injury can affect those in agriculture, construction, outdoor recreation and even law enforcement. The program focuses on workplace safety regulations and compliance issues. Some aspects of preventing the dangers of heat illness include education and outreach efforts so that employees and their supervisors alike will understand the possible consequences. A spokeswoman for Cal/OSHA indicated that water, extra rest, breaks in the shade and effective emergency plans could help outdoor workers leave the job site in a healthy condition.
Most people in California have heard about the sequestration, the government's cuts in funding to a wide range of programs. While some people might find the lack of funding a mere inconvenience, in some circumstances it could be much more severe than that. One such instance is the lack of funding for some mine safety programs.
State lawmakers are considering changes to California's workers' compensation laws to deny coverage for professional athletes who play games in California but who are not affiliated with a California team. Generally, workers who are injured on the job in California are entitled to benefits from the workers' comp system. While professional athletes work in a different kind of workplace than most workers in the state, some lawmakers are concerned that players and retired players from visiting professional sports teams are receiving benefits for injuries sustained in California.
When people in California think of injuries sustained at the workplace, they might be inclined to think about traumatic accidents such as a fall by a construction worker, for example. However, even workers who sit at desks all day are susceptible to a workplace injury -- albeit without a dramatic scene taking place. Instead, injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can get worse over time, practically unnoticed.
People in California often have a wide range of jobs owing to the temperate weather. Outdoor work can be year-round in many cases. This also means that some jobs that might not exist in lots of other places can be found in California -- some of them quite dangerous, leading to workplace injuries that might not be seen anywhere else.