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OSHA Heat Standard Heads to White House for Review

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OSHA has been working a proposed standard for indoor and outdoor heat illness since 2021. This month the proposed standard has been sent to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review.

While the language of the proposed standard has not be released, the rule is expected to include temperatures that trigger requirements under the rule such as mandatory rest breaks. OSHA has previously stated the rules to protect workers from heat illness would be followed after the heat index reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

After OIRA reviews the rule, OSHA will publish the standard in the Federal Register. At that point, employers and others will be able to submit comments to the rule.

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