OSHA Presents Initial Regulatory Framework for Heat Safety Rule

New rule is designed to address dangers of workplace heat and reduce the health risks related to heat and its impact on both indoor and outdoor workers.

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented the draft rule’s initial regulatory framework at the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting. 

The committee, which advises the agency on safety and health standards and policy matters, unanimously recommended OSHA move forward expeditiously on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. As part of the rulemaking process, the agency will seek and consider input from a wide range of stakeholders and the public as it proposes and finalizes its rule.

In the interim, during the rulemaking process, OSHA will continue its outreach efforts to inform employers and workers of their obligations under existing statutes. 

OSHA will also continue to conduct heat-related inspections under its National Emphasis Program – Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards, where workplaces with the highest exposures to heat-related hazards are inspected proactively to prevent workers from suffering injury, illness, or death needlessly. 

Take a moment to learn more about OSHA’s efforts on heat safety