OSHA Adopts Rules Protecting Workers From Heat and Smoke

Written by: Stephanie L. Leffler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Mediator

Date: 06/16/2022

References: GourmetHR, LLC Consulting© (Oregon OSHA, 2022)



Are Your Employees Impacted By Heat and Cold?

If you are in an industry where your crews work outdoors, make deliveries or are in a non-climate-controlled environment the time is now to ensure that your employees slowly acclimate to extreme weather conditions.


Compelling Reasons To Act?

Over 50-70% of outdoor fatalities occur in the first few days of working in a hot or warm environments, 2021 OSHA. Heat stress and exhaustion must be reported on your OSHA logs. Your training can act as a safety meeting if documented. The information is useful for play or work as summer travel heats up. The last thing you need is someone to be injured on vacation or while at work. It is the right thing to do.


Ensure Worker Safety and Reduce Your Risk By;

Scheduling extra water and rest breaks, shortening shifts, changing uniforms and making access to water easy for employees. You can purchase cooling and warming devices.


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· Oregon Occupational Safety and Health : Oregon OSHA adopts rules protecting workers against high heat, wildfire smoke : 2022 News : State of Oregon

· A worker’s right to a safe and healthy workplace

· DCBS Multicultural Communications Program, providing outreach to communities with limited English proficiency. Toll-free number for Spanish-speaking Oregonians: 800-843-8086.

· Ombuds Office for Oregon Workers for assistance understanding workplace safety and health rights, and workers’ compensation rights.


Read the rules:

Rules to Address Employee and Labor Housing Occupant Exposure to High Ambient Temperatures






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