Brace for more scrutiny of your efforts to protect crew members from the dangers of heat stress.
Here’s the deal: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled a two-pronged strategy to ensure that employers take steps to keep their people safe from high heat.
The federal safety agency said that, in 2022, it’ll roll out a National Emphasis Enforcement Program on heat hazards.
According to OSHA, the enforcement initiative will prioritize heat-related interventions and will include inspections of work activities on days when the heat index exceeds 80ºF.
And OSHA said that, in October 2021, it’ll issue an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat illness and injury prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings.
While the exact details of the new heat illness standard are unknown, it’s likely that the agency will require organizations to provide staffers laboring in high heat with regular rest breaks while ensuring that employees have quick access to water and shade.
(From the Oct. 4, 2021, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)