The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board recently held a public hearing on the proposed nighttime lighting requirements for agricultural operations. Several ag industry groups expressed concern regarding the cost to ag operations to comply with the new standard and whether further restriction is justified. Ag employers were also previously encouraged to convey their concerns to Cal/OSHA regarding how it was genuinely going to affect them.
“The main point in opposition is that the standard would require in work areas, five foot-candles of illumination,” said Carl Borden, Senior Counsel for the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). “We think that that type of level of illumination is both unnecessary and unrealistic in many circumstances.” Read more