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First Standard on Heat Stress in Construction Published

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has published the first national voluntary consensus standard addressing heat stress for workers in construction and demolition operations. The ANSI/ASSP A10.50-2024, “Standard for Heat Stress Management in Construction and Demolition Operations,” is significant because there is currently no federal regulation focused on heat stress.

Thousands of heat-related illnesses occur on job sites every year, and workers have died from exposure to excessive heat. The A10.50 standard contains checklists and flowcharts designed to help companies develop clear and effective heat stress management programs that bridge the regulatory gap.

The A10.50 standard also identifies engineering and administrative controls a company can implement to ensure that workers get proper rest, water breaks and shade while still meeting business needs. Recommendations such as medical monitoring and using a buddy system can reduce risks and help prevent heat-related illnesses in many work environments.

ASSP offers a library of more than 40 safety standards for construction and demolition operations. Standards are developed through collaboration between ASSP, our members and other safety organizations, representing a diverse collection of technical expertise.

Shop for the new A10.50 Heat Stress standard and the whole family of A10 standards to keep your construction or demolition site safe and your project on schedule and within budget.

Visit: assp.org/standards

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