Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Create OSHA Heat Standard

The interesting article, “Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Create OSHA Heat Standard,” by Kim Slowey, shares with us the rationale behind a bill that, if passed, would direct OSHA to create a standard for heat-related injuries and illnesses.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu, Democratic congresswoman from California, highlights the fact that the decreased mental and physical capacities of workers exposed to excessive heat increases the risk of accidents, which drive up employers’ workers’ compensation costs and medical expenses.  In addition, the associated reduction in productivity decreases income for both employers and workers. 

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