top of page

Safety Newsletter

Employers Must Address Risks of Extreme Heat per OSHA
Employers Must Address Risks of Extreme Heat per OSHA


National Law Review


August 3, 2023

Extreme heat poses significant risks to workers, with hundreds of deaths and thousands of heat-related illnesses reported in the US since 2011. While OSHA does not have a specific standard for heat hazards, it requires employers to provide a safe workplace under the General Duty Clause. To address this issue, OSHA initiated a National Emphasis Program targeting high-risk industries like construction and agriculture. President Biden also urged the DOL to increase inspections and released the first-ever Hazard Alert for Heat. OSHA advises employers to provide cool water, rest breaks, shade, and heat illness prevention training to workers. Employers are encouraged to develop a comprehensive Heat Illness Prevention Plan to protect employees and avoid potential citations.

bottom of page