Worker Heat Safety: Groups Petition OSHA for Protections

Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, some fatally. Worker advocacy groups are calling on OSHA to require employers to protect their workers from heat by imposing mandatory rest breaks, hydration and access to shade or cooled spaces, among other measures.

Workers Injured by Extreme Heat Likely on the Increase with Climate Change

The most recent decade in the U.S. was warmer than any previous decade on record and as global warming continues, extreme heat is expected to become more common – thus causing even more worker heat stress injuries and deaths. Because of the increasing danger, OSHA is being petitioned to require employers to protect their workers from heat by imposing mandatory rest breaks, hydration and access to shade or cooled spaces, among other measures.

Developing an Employee Heat Stress Prevention Program

Understanding the potential harm caused by working in high temperatures is only the first step when it comes to protecting employees. The most vital step in protecting workers is to develop a Heat Stress Prevention Program for your company.

Worker Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards – and this includes protecting workers from extreme heat. Learn valuable tips on how to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses.

Massachusetts Rising Worker Deaths Results in New OSHA Protections

Massachusetts construction deaths in 2017 accounted for 21 of the 74 reported job-related fatalities – an 11-year high in deaths on the job. This resulted in a successful MassCOSH effort to protect workers. On March 1, 2018 a bill, (HB 3952), expanded OSHA protections to almost 430,000 public sector and municipal workers.

Workplace Injuries Increase After Daylight Saving Time Change

Employers and employees should be aware of the potential effects on safety caused by the loss of sleep brought on by the daylight saving time change. Research has shown that the hour of lost sleep can be related to an increase in job-related injuries in the days following the time change.