Is Heat Illness Regulation on the Horizon?
November 6, 2023
Mine operators are increasingly safeguarding workers against heat stress due to rising temperatures and prolonged hot seasons.
These efforts typically involve voluntary heat protection programs, including job rotation, protective clothing, shade provision, and hydration guidelines.
MSHA's July 2023 heat alert prompted operators to provide heat-stress recognition training and personal protective equipment.
OSHA is addressing heat injury and illness prevention, potentially leading to federal regulations with temperature-triggered safety requirements. Proactive heat protection measures remain crucial for mine operators.