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National COSH Applauds OSHA’s Proposed Heat Rule

Critical step will protect millions of workers from heat-related illnesses and injuries

Leaders of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health said that OSHA’s proposed rule to address heat-related hazards for both indoor and outdoor workers is a critical step in protecting millions of workers from heat-related illnesses and injuries.

“Through our Fired Up! Workers for Heat Justice campaign and the efforts of our local COSH groups and allies, we have long advocated for an OSHA heat standard. We are motivated and encouraged by the latest news from OSHA, as it signifies a vital advancement in worker safety,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of National COSH. “Extreme heat poses serious risks, including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and fatalities, affecting both outdoor and indoor environments. As climate change raises global temperatures, comprehensive heat protection standards are increasingly urgent.”

“The proposed rule emphasizes preventative measures such as access to water, rest breaks, and shaded or cooled areas. It also mandates training for workers and supervisors to recognize and respond to heat-related illnesses,” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of National COSHl. “These protections ensure that employers proactively safeguard their workforce. Heat-related illnesses are preventable, and no worker should endure unsafe conditions. This rule provides a clear framework for promoting a culture of safety and responsibility.”

“Supporting OSHA’s proposed heat rule affirms the value of human life and the right to a safe workplace,” added Martinez. “We urge its swift adoption and implementation to protect workers and ensure their access to safe and just working conditions.”

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