OSHA Sets Sights on Reducing Heat Injuries

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November 1, 2021

On October 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced an effort to address heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work environments. The 61-page advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was published on October 27 and provides 60 days for review, with public comments due December 27, 2021.

OSHA is seeking “additional information about the extent and nature of hazardous heat in the workplace and the nature and effectiveness of interventions and controls used to prevent heat-related injury and illness.” The ANPRM “provides an overview of the problem of heat stress in the workplace and of measures that have been taken to prevent it” and “seeks information on issues that OSHA can consider in developing the standard, including the scope of the standard and the types of controls that might be required.”

IIBEC will review the ANPRM and will confer with members and industry colleagues as we determine the course of action that would best serve our consultant members.

IIBEC Director of Government Relations John Boling

Boling joined IIBEC in early 2021. He focuses on increasing IIBEC’s influence on federal, state, provincial, and local public policy, helping shape codes and standards, expanding IIBEC’s influence in the building industry, and increasing the relevance and value of IIBEC’s policy positions. You can reach him at jboling@iibec.org.