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EVERYTHING EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VALLEY FEVER


Everything employees need to know about Valley Fever

When working in areas with high risk for Valley Fever, there are certain precautions employees should know.

Dust Exposure.  Construction and agriculture workers are at a higher risk for contracting Valley Fever because of their work conditions.  There is a high rate of airborne dust exposure in these occupations.  It is important for employers to include measures on how to reduce dust exposure in the Injury and...

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ASSEMBLY BILL 203-A PROTECTION AGAINST VALLEY FEVER


Assembly Bill 203-a protection against Valley Fever

 Valley Fever cases continue to rise in California, and as a result a recent law was passed in the hopes to protect construction workers.   Assembly Bill 203, which because a law in October 2019, requires construction employers in certain counties to provide prevention training and Valley Fever awareness classes.

Training should contain:

·       Risk factors

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What is the fungus among us?

                                                    

There IS a Fungus Among Us

 

Terry Noland released the song “There Was a Fungus Among Us” in the 1950’s, but the title “There IS a Fungus Among Us” might be more...

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Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly


Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly

Coccidioides is the fungus that lives in loamy soils throughout California.  When this soil is disturbed by wind, agricultural and construction work, large equipment or digging, the fungus is released into the air, and when inhaled, causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever symptoms include fever, cough, headaches and chills.  Because these symptoms resemble illnesses such as the common cold and flu, it is often...

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