In a news release dated September 20, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated it will:
- Implement an enforcement initiative on heat-related hazards
- Develop a National Emphasis Program on heat inspections
- Begin the rulemaking process for a workplace heat standard
OSHA is also forming a National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group.
Looking AheadIn October 2021, OSHA will issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings. In 2022, OSHA will establish a National Emphasis Program targeting high-risk industries and focus resources and staff time on heat inspections. The program will use the existing Regional Emphasis Program for Heat Illnesses from OSHA’s Region VI.