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New rules protecting farmworkers now in effect

New rules protecting outdoor workers including farm and construction workers from hot weather hazards have taken effect as of Monday, July 17.

The rules were put in place to better protect workers as hotter and drier temperatures begin to set in.

Having first set heat protection rules for outdoor workers in 2008, Washington continues to be one of a few states with heat protection rules in place. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently made changes in order to provide further protections and expand on existing requirements to keep workers safe.

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