Rising Temperatures Are Risking The Health Of Californians Who Do Strenuous Work Indoors
The state’s workplace safety authority, Cal/OSHA, is in the process of setting an unprecedented standard to guard against illness and death resulting from indoor heat stress.
Rising Heat Is Making Workers Sick, Even Indoors
Excessive heat is already a health risk for millions of Californians at work, and it’s only getting worse. Over the last 30 years, warming nights and longer heat waves have become more frequent in the state. Four of the last five years were the hottest on record; 2018 could soon make it five out of six. This July and August, in Southern California, several daily and overnight temperature records toppled. One day this summer, the temperature hit 98 degrees at the coast. As [Jose] Rodriguez worked inside containers, a sensor measuring temperature and humidity found that the heat index – what it felt like to his body – was 115 degrees. (Peterson, 11/14)
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San Joaquin Food Banks Asking For Thanksgiving Donations At 'Stuff The Bus' Event
Thanksgiving and Christmas are fast approaching and so too the need for turkeys at food banks. The Stockton Emergency Food Bank is hoping for enough donations to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table for 2,000 families this Thanksgiving. Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca needs 3,200 turkeys for this Thanksgiving and Christmas to supply food pantries, low-income families, and homeless shelters in the Mother Lode, and San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties. (Ibarra, 11/14)