Protecting your employees from harm during conditions of extreme heat isn't just a recommended practice; it's the law.
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) doesn't have a specific provision about heat stress, the Occupational Safety and Health Act's General Duty Clause does require employers to "furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees." OSHA has reportedly used this clause in the past to go after employers that have exposed their workers to potential harm from excessively hot work environments.
In addition, at least 24 states have OSHA-approved state plans with their own heat safety standards and enforcement policies.
Outdoor workers (e.g., construction workers, roofers, highway repair workers, farm workers) are the most obvious...(register to read more)