Lack of Heat Safety Standards Puts Texas Workers at Risk, as Heat-Related Deaths Continue to Rise
The lack of federal or state standards to protect workers from heat illness puts employees at risk in industries like construction, agriculture, and mail delivery. Heat kills more people annually in the US than natural disasters, and Texas has recorded the most heat-related deaths on the job. With rising temperatures due to climate change, experts emphasize the importance of training workers, recognizing symptoms of heat stress, and providing breaks and protective measures to prevent heat-related injuries and fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working on creating a national heat standard to improve worker protection.