The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is calling for comments to aid development of a workplace heat standard.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling for comments to aid in the development of a workplace heat standard that aims to protect indoor and outdoor workers from hazardous heat, according to a Vegetable and Specialty Crop News (VSCNews) article. Anyone can submit comments concerning the development of the standard, and those in the Florida agriculture industry are knowledgeable on the subject, given Florida’s high heat and humidity. See the details below.
Developing a Workplace Heat Standard
According to the article, OSHA is “soliciting additional information about the extent and nature of hazardous heat in the workplace and nature of effectiveness of interventions and controls used to prevent heat-related injury and illness,” and that the aim is to create “enhanced measures to protect workers better in hot environments. Included in those measures is a rulemaking process it is developing for a workplace heat standard.”
Anyone can submit comments concerning the topic, and “All comments, including any personal information you provide, will be placed in the public docket without change and will be publicly available online at www.regulations.gov.”
In the article, Allison Crittenden, the director of Congressional Regulations at the American Farm Bureau Federation, said “Hopefully, a multitude of viewpoints, including those on farms, are listened to and heard in the development of this regulation. It could have some big impacts.”
Comments can be submitted here, and must be received before or on December 27th, 2021..
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