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U.S. Department of Labor starts process to create rules to protect workers from heat hazards

U.S. Department of Labor starts process to create rules to protect workers from heat hazards

TNEC training addresses the impact of exposure to indoor and outdoor heat to worker health and safety.  OHSonline reports that on October 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings.  There is currently no specific OSHA standard to protect workers from hazardous heat conditions at work.  This initiative starts the process to create a workplace rule regarding heat hazards.  A press release on October 26 from the U.S. Department of Labor states, “Workers in outdoor and indoor work settings without adequate climate-controlled environments are at risk of hazardous heat exposure, and workers of color are exposed disproportionately to hazardous levels of heat in essential jobs across these work settings.”

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