A month into Spring, many parts of the United States are already heating up, and consequently, OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention Campaign is ramping up.  Following the Biden Administration’s directive last Fall to mobilize against heat hazards, the US government has heightened its focus on heat illness.

Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making

In October, OSHA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings in the Federal Register. Under the ISEA letterhead, leaders in safety equipment filed comments to OSHA urging them to indeed develop a heat stress standard, and consider all relevant cooling solutions and PPE. Read more about ISEA’s comments here.

National Emphasis Program

On April 11, OSHA announced it has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries.

As part of the program, OSHA will proactively initiate inspections in over 70 high-risk industries in indoor and outdoor work settings when the National Weather Service has issued a heat warning or advisory for a local area. On days when the heat index is 80 F or higher, OSHA inspectors and compliance assistance specialists will engage in proactive outreach and technical assistance to help stakeholders keep workers safe on the job.

Upcoming Collaboration Opportunities

  • Stakeholder Meeting on OSHA Heat-Related Efforts
    OSHA invites interested parties to participate in a stakeholder meeting on the agency’s initiatives to protect workers from heat-related hazards. OSHA will provide an overview of its ongoing activities to protect workers from heat-related hazards, as well as an introduction to the agency’s rulemaking process and ways for the public to participate in that process.Participants are invited to provide public comments and ask questions related to OSHA’s ongoing efforts to prevent heat injury and illness in outdoor and indoor work settings. The meeting will take place virtually using Zoom on May 3, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Learn more and register
  • Region V OSHA Heat Initiative Webinar Series
    OSHA is hosting a three-part webinar series to offer guidance on how to identify heat stress, how it affects the human body, and how to prevent it on the job. Learn more and register
  • NIHHIS National Meeting
    The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) is hosting a national meeting April 26-28. This virtual/online meeting is designed to bring together multiple stakeholders (federal agencies, state and local government, private and public partners, community leaders) to learn about and leverage heat and health activities, opportunities, and resources; expand and strengthen partnerships and networks; and foster a shared vision and path forward for equitable, heat resilient communities. Learn more and register

ISEA Actions

ISEA is currently working with members who manufacture and distribute heat stress prevention and cooling solutions to ensure the safety equipment industry has a strong voice in this sector. At next week’s Executive Summit, the ISEA Board of Trustees will vote to start a Heat Stress Solutions Product Group, which will explore the value in developing a new performance standard for heat stress product solutions.

ISEA’s next Heat Stress meeting will take place online April 28 at 11:00 am ET. If you would to join the call, please contact Dan Glucksman at dglucksman@safetyequipment.org.