After 40 Years, There Is Still No Federal Rule Regulating Excessive Heat On The Job

In These Times’ Mike Elk notes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has, for 40 years, had the ability to regulate excessive heat in the workplace, yet has failed to ever issue a federal rule governing how hot is too hot for employees to work safely. Over the last two decades, “at least 523 workers have died from heat stroke and another 43,000 have suffered from heat–related injuries serious enough to have to miss at least one day of work.” “OSHA has demonstrated an alarming lack of oversight over the past 40 years in the face of this recognized and entirely preventable hazard,” said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.