OSHA Provides Regulatory Framework for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Standard
The provided text discusses OSHA’s efforts to develop a heat injury and illness prevention standard. While this standard is a top priority for OSHA, it has not been introduced yet, and the process is not yet halfway complete. OSHA has outlined a framework for the standard, which could cover indoor and outdoor work in all industries under its jurisdiction. The standard would require employers to create plans for evaluating and controlling heat hazards, with flexibility for customization. Control measures, written prevention programs, monitoring, and triggers for heat-related actions are also considered. The document provides insight into what OSHA may be considering for this standard, including administrative controls, acclimatization, cooling PPE, and employee training. Record keeping requirements are expected, and the standard’s finalization timeline remains uncertain.