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Valley Fever is not just a summer thing


Valley Fever is not just a summer thing

Valley Fever used to be more common in hot, dry summer months in Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Merced, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Monterey and Madera counties.  Now, due to drought conditions that keep the soil warm and dry, Valley Fever occurs year-round.

 

There are some things that can be done all year to keep employees safe.

-        Limit exposure to outdoor dust.

-        Minimize the area where the soil is disturbed.

-        Limit the amount of dust that becomes airborne by using water, soil stabilizers, ventilation and/or revegetation.

-        Use approved protective respiratory filters rated N95, N99, N100, P100, or HEPA.  Filters must be approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the employer must provide them.

-        Isolate workers from heavy equipment dust generating processes.

-        Clean all tools, vehicles and equipment before taking them off the worksite.

-        Employees should change clothes at the end of the workday.  Employers should provide change rooms and showers when possible.

-        Operators of earth moving equipment should work in enclosed cabs with high efficiency air filtration.  Doors and filters should be inspected regularly to make sure they are sealed correctly.

 

TAP Series offers Valley Fever Training to not only train your employees on Valley Fever but document employee training in your TAP account.  Course certificates can be reprinted anytime.  The self-paced course allows your employees to train on their schedule and is available in English and Spanish.  TAP’s system allows you to reenroll employees quickly for annual reviews or into new courses.

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