The Attorneys General of seven states are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from severe heat.
In a filing to OSHA Administrator Doug Parker, California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania ask that OSHA implement rules when the temperature reaches 80 degrees. Under the terms of the request, such safeguards would include providing water, rest breaks, shade, acclimatization plans, and temperature and workload monitoring for high-risk workers.
Other states, including Maryland and Nevada, could soon join the others in the petition.
Take a moment to read the petition to OSHA from the states.