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Employers React To Possible New Heat Rule

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RICHLAND.-- At a meeting on Wednesday, employers said they don't think the rules should change.

Some of them also gave suggestions to a panel from the Department of Labor and Industries, on how they can better enforce the current rules. Some of the proposed changes require employers to update safety programs, and train their staff on how to recognize symptoms for heat related illnesses.

All this training of course will require additional budget for employers, something they're not too hot about. But some employees gave their opinion on Wednesday as well.

"It can average 30 cents per employee per day, for a company with 20 employees, that can be up to $80,000 a year," said Renee Brooks, with the Tri-Cities Home Builders Association.

"You're working and you bring your jug of water and if it's done you fill it up, if there's more water but sometimes it runs out and you have to wait until you get home," said Erasto Garcia, a field worker who was at the meeting and commented on the issue.

The Department L & I says they've had four heat related deaths in the last 10 years. They will take all of these comments and try to come up with a decision by June 4th.

If you'd like to give your input, you've got only two more days to do so. We've attached a link to this web site on our On Air Links Section.