The WE Program is the first-ever intervention protocol to evaluate ways to reduce the harmful effects of heat stress and CKDu among the sugarcane workforce.
The program is improving working conditions for cane cutters by providing them water, rest, and shade, appropriate outerwear, including a hat and breathable shirt, an ergonomic machete, and efficiency training from industry experts. Researchers track resulting improvements in worker health and productivity.
The WE Program is led by La Isla Network and research institutions around the world, with consultation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM), and Australian sustainability experts.
The WE Program provides the foundation for the Adelante Initiative, a multi-sectoral collaboration to improve workplace practices and ensure learnings from the WE Program are applied in the agricultural sector and beyond.