Harvest night work presents a unique set of hazards that can be avoided by proper planning, training, monitoring and hazard correction.
What are the requirements of the standards?
- Lighting - 3444(a)
Different work operations have different lighting requirements. These lighting levels are listed in Cal/Osha Nighttime Outdoor Agricultural Operations Fact Sheet below. Employers can meet the lighting requirements in a variety of ways, such as vehicle-mounted lights, portable lights, head lamps, or any combination.
- Safety Meetings - 3449(b)
Supervisors must conduct a safety meeting at the beginning of each shift to inform workers of the location of the restrooms, drinking water, break areas, nearby bodies of water, and high traffic areas.
- Class 2 High - Visibility Garments - 3449(c)
The employer must provide and require workers to wear Class 2 high-visibility garments. These garments help vehicle operators see workers at night.
- Headlights and Tailights - 3441(g)
All tractors, self-propelled farm equipment, and trucks operating at night must have at least one headlight and one rear light.
Source: Cal/Osha Nighttime Outdoor Agricultural Operations Fact Sheet