Field Sanitation

The Field Sanitation regulation, 29 CFR 1928.110, was adopted to reduce the communicable disease risk among agricultural field workers. The regulation requires employers of field workers to provide potable drinking water, toilets, and hand-washing facilities to hand laborers in the field. The regulation does not cover livestock operations and hand labor operations in permanent structures (e.g., packaging and storage facilities). Employers must also inform each employee of relevant health hazards (e.g., gastrointestinal illness) and good hygiene practices that can reduce these hazards. Occupational health professionals can be instrumental in providing hygiene education resources and supporting agricultural employers in providing appropriate field sanitation programs.

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