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OSHA reopens comment period on possible heat standard


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Washington — OSHA says it’s allowing more time for stakeholders to comment on a proposed rule aimed at protecting workers from extreme heat exposure in indoor and outdoor settings.

The agency recently initiated a Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel review, the next step before a proposed standard is published.

The new deadline for comment is Dec. 23.

“OSHA welcomes comments from all interested parties on the potential regulatory framework for a potential rule addressing heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings, the alternatives and options that OSHA is considering, preliminary analysis of the unit costs of the framework, or any other aspect of the materials presented herein,” Andrew Levinson, director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance, says in an Aug. 21 memo.

Additional information can be found on the agency’s Heat Injury and Illness SBREFA website.

OSHA cautions that it will post unedited comments in the docket, so avoid including any personal information such as Social Security numbers or birthdates.

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