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Petition to OSHA to Implement a Federal Standard to Protect Workers from Occupational Exposure to Excessive Heat

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Public Citizen, Farmworker Justice, United Farm Workers, two former Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrators, a former California-OSHA director, and 131 other organizations petitioned OSHA to initiate a rulemaking process to establish the first federal standards protecting workers from the dangers of heat stress. As climate change results in more frequent days of extreme heat and record-breaking summers become the norm, outdoor and indoor workers in workplaces including farms, construction sites, steel mills, warehouses, meat-packing plants, and vehicles will be at greater risk for workplace heat stress.

August 15, 2018, OSHA acknowledgment letter.Heat Stress letter to James Frederick – 5.11.2021

May 11, 2021, Letter to OSHA requesting consideration of petition.

See Public Citizen’s other work on protecting workers from heat stress.