Momentum Builds for Indoor Heat Worker Safety Regulations

Aug. 27, 2021, 5:45 PM

Protecting workers from dangerous indoor heat temperatures is getting attention from federal and state regulators.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scheduled to issue in October a request for information for the agency’s proposed indoor and outdoor heat rule. Washington state’s Department of Labor and Industry on Aug. 20 announced it would pursue an indoor heat rule, and California in coming months could enact its indoor heat rule, a regulation the state has been contemplating since 2016.

Driving the inclusion of indoor heat in heat stress regulations is the recognition that hotter weather could make some workplaces without ...

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