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OSHA Requests More Information as Heat Rulemaking Moves Forward

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking additional input on its planned heat injury and illness prevention rule, according to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking appearing in the Federal Register Tuesday, October 26, 2021. OSHA had transmitted notice of its request for information to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs last month. Issues the agency seeks comment on include heat stress thresholds, heat acclimatization planning, exposure monitoring, and medical monitoring, according to RFI documents. The decision to consider a heat stress regulation is an about face for the agency, which turned down petitions to undertake such a rulemaking during the Obama and Trump administrations. Just a few states—including Washington, California, and Minnesota—have rules on the books addressing the safety of those toiling in record heat. The heat-related death of a worker at Ernst Nursery and Farms in Oregon last summer reignited the conversation about exposure to extreme temperatures there.

 

Read the advance notice of proposed rulemaking HERE.

October 29, 2021

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