OSHA Proposes Rule to Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

The standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment.

Construction Dive

July 2, 2024

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The Department of Labor released a proposed rule last week designed to protect millions of indoor and outdoor workers in the U.S. from extreme heat

The proposed rule would require employers to develop a Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Plan to control and mitigate hazards in workplaces impacted by excessive heat. The standard would require employers to evaluate heat risks and, when necessary, provide drinking water, rest breaks and control of indoor heat. It also would require plans for workers unaccustomed to working in high heat.

Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, the public will get to submit written comments. OSHA also said it anticipates a public hearing on the rule after the close of the written comment period.

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