Guidelines Regarding Health & Safety / Field Sanitation / Hygiene


Potable Drinking Water Must


Field Toilets / Hand Washing Must

  • Provide one toilet per twenty (20) workers
  • Be located within 1/4 mile of work site
  • Have an adequate supply of potable water, soap, and single-use towels (Hand washing)
  • Toilets should be adequately ventilated, screened and have a self-closing door with lock


Equipment and Exposure Safety Training Must


Growers Should

  • Educate workers where cultural differences impact health & safety including:
  • Establish a system to empower workers to identify housing issues including:
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Utilize a concise labor camp checklist to maintain compliance


Green Tobacco Sickness

  • Avoid working with wet tobacco
  • If workers must work with wet tobacco, provide them with personal protective equipment (PPE) that is breathable and water-resistant.
  • If workers' clothes get wet from tobacco leaves, they should change into dry clothes.
  • Workers should wash hands often.
  • Recognize symptoms of GTS, including:
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness
    • Insomnia
    • Loss of appetite
  • Seek medical attention
  • Learning about Green Tobacco Sickness: Juan's Experience -


Heat Stress

  • Workers who are exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat-related illness.
  • The risk of heat-related illness becomes greater as the weather gets hotter and more humid.
  • The heat index can be used to help determine the risk of heat-related illness for outdoor workers, what actions are needed to protect workers, and when those actions are triggered.
  • The steps employers should take in response to an elevated heat index are the same type of steps that they would follow to address other hazards in the workplace:
    • Develop an illness prevention plan for work based on the heat index
    • Train your workers how to recognize and prevent heat-related illness
    • Track the worksite heat index daily; communicate it and the required precautions to workers
    • Implement your plan; review and revise it throughout the summer
  • OSHA Heat Safety Tool App:
  • Learn more about Heat Stress -
Heat Index Risk Level Protective Measures
Less than 91°F Lower (Caution) Basic heat safety and planning
91°F to 103°F Moderate Implement precautions and heighten awareness
103°F to 115°F High Additional precautions to protect workers
Greater than 115°F Very High to Extreme Triggers even more aggressive protective measures