The Relationship Between the Implementation of California’s Occupational Heat Safety Standards and the Provision of Water to Agricultural Workers
Goggins, Catherine M
Growing climate variability, including increasingly frequent and severe heatwaves and warmer nights, increases the risk of heat-related illness (HRI), especially for outdoor and other climate-vulnerable workers. In 2006, following a spike in farm worker fatalities, California became the first state in the nation to pass an occupational heat safety law guaranteeing workers access to water. Using data from the National Agricultural Worker Study (NAWS), which includes survey responses from farm workers throughout the continental United States, I estimate a difference-in-differences model to assess the relationship between the implementation of the law and the provision of water to farm workers in California and in the surrounding region. I find only limited evidence of a relationship between California’s HRI prevention law and the provision of water to farm workers.
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