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Many workers lack heat protections as temperatures hit record highs

Lance Cheung/USDA

On this edition of Your Call, we explore the growing risk of heat illness to workers across the county.

Extreme heat is the number one weather-related cause-of-death in the US, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, or floods.

Few protections exist for workers who are vulnerable to heat illness. Republican Governors in Florida and Texas have signed legislation to prevent cities from taking action to regulate heat exposure.

Without government intervention, what steps do workers have to take to protect themselves?


Carly Hyland, assistant professor of Cooperative Extension in Environmental Health Sciences and UC ANR

Jeanne Kuang, CalMatters accountability reporter

Grey Moran, Civil Eats reporter


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Civil Eats: Florida Banned Farmworker Heat Protections. A Groundbreaking Partnership Offers a Solution.

CalMatters: California tries again to protect workers from indoor heat — except in prisons

The Journal of Climate Change and Health: “No matter how hot it is, you just have to do the work”: Examining farmworkers’ experiences with heat and climate change in Idaho

The New York Times: ‘Insane’ Heat Has Been Scorching Miami. It’s Not Even June.

Axios: Scorching heat wave to roast Texas, Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.