OSHA Considers Indoor Heat Standard

OSHA is working on a new heat standard to protect indoor workers without climate-controlled environments, including those in manufacturing. According to EHS Today, while the proposed standard is in its early stages, it appears the OSHA standard could require break times and order employers to monitor employee acclimatization, as well as temperatures and humidity levels in workplaces.

“Such provisions could effectively require costly changes in manufacturing worksites that do not have air conditioning and have a local source of heat, such as a furnace or an oven,” one attorney said. 7/28/2021