Ensuring the Right to Rest: City Ordinances and Access to Rest Breaks for Workers in the Construction Industry
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of city Rest Break Ordinance (RBO) policies in expanding access to rest at work. METHODS: We use data from surveys of construction workers in Austin and Dallas, Texas, in 2009, 2012, and 2015 (n = 557) to calculate the odds of receiving a rest break in pre- versus post-RBO Austin and in post-RBO Austin versus pre-RBO Dallas, controlling for demographic and employment characteristics. RESULTS: Construction workers were 35% more likely to report receiving a rest break in Austin post-RBO and 16% less likely in Dallas without a RBO as compared to Austin with a RBO. CONCLUSION: The increased likelihood of receiving rest breaks at work in a RBO city suggests that, in the absence of enforceable national standards, city-level RBOs can be an important first step to effective prevention of heat-related illnesses (HRIs) and heat-related fatalities at work.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of occupational and environmental medicine
Scott, J., Boggess, B., & Timm, E. (2018). Ensuring the Right to Rest: City Ordinances and Access to Rest Breaks for Workers in the Construction Industry. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 60 (4), 331-336. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001203