Category: Heat illness

Best of ’21: Ask the Expert

As the year winds down, we’re taking a look this week at some highlights from 2021. Today, we’re highlighting excerpts from installments of our Ask the Expert column, which was brought to you by the team of industry experts at EHS Hero®. April 23: Are There Safety Statutes on Home Office Ergonomics? Q: I would […]

OSHA Floats Heat Standard Proposal

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) October 27 issued an advance notice of proposal rulemaking on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings—the first step in developing a federal heat stress standard (86 FR 59309). The document contains 114 questions about a potential standard but no proposed regulatory text. The […]

ASSP Issues COVID-19, Heat Standard Positions

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) October 14 called for a federal emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring COVID-19 vaccination or weekly negative tests that takes a risk-assessment approach rather than applying employer requirements primarily based on employee counts. The anticipated Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) emergency rule announced by the White House on […]

What to Expect From OSHA’s New Focus on Heat Stress

Will you be ready when an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector shows up at your facility or worksite for a heat-related illness inspection? Have you thought about how you would comply with a new federal heat stress standard? On September 20, the White House and OSHA announced new steps to address worker exposures […]

Employers Need to be Ready for New OSHA Heat Measures

The season may have changed to fall, but the punishing summer heat can be expected to linger longer in many places around the country. Plus, indoor workplaces often pose heat risks year-round. That’s why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced new measures aimed at reducing heat dangers in workplaces. OSHA announced […]

OSHA Launches Heat Stress Initiatives

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) September 20 announced “enhanced and expanded efforts” to address worker exposures to excessive heat and heat-related illnesses. The agency will develop a National Emphasis Program (NEP) and workplace heat standards, according to a White House announcement of interagency efforts to address heat hazards. An advance notice of proposed […]

Farmworkers Face Heat Risk Despite Regulations

Farmworkers in California remain at risk for heat-related illness despite farms’ compliance with the state’s heat illness prevention program standard, according to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Around 7% of farmworkers studied were at risk for heat-related illness despite compliance with California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) […]

EHS On Tap: E76 Preventing Heat Illness in the Workplace

On episode 76 of EHS On Tap, Karen D. Hamel of HalenHardy talks about preventing heat stress in the workplace. Karen D. Hamel, CSP, CIT, WACH, is a regulatory expert, trainer, and technical writer for HalenHardy. She has more than 27 years of experience helping EHS professionals meet regulatory requirements and industry standards and has […]