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The Hazard of Heat Stress Is an Employers Responsibility

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jul 2, 2013 9:22:00 AM

Record heat is in the news again which may spur a new round of petitions for OSHA to execute an emergency temporary standard (EST) for a heat stress threshold, followed by a permanent Heat Stress Standard. Petitions for both were denied last summer. Many citizens and watch-dog groups felt that OSHA was simply opting for continued employer self-policing. However, even though there is an absence of a Heat Stress Standard, OSHA can hold employers accountable through enforcement outlined in the General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1).

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Topics: Emilcott, hazard of heat stress, heat stress is employers responsibility, emergency temporary standard (EST)

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