Groups petition OSHA to issue national heat stress standard

Letter urges Agency to protect workers from dangers of heat on the job

Posted September 20, 2018

A petition delivered to OSHA calls on the federal government to establish protections for outdoor and indoor workers who are exposed to extreme heat. The letter urges the implementation of a national heat stress standard, and points out that in the absence of national protections, three states already have implemented some form of protective heat standards for their workers.

The petition was organized by four organizations — Public Citizen, United Farm Workers (UFW), UFW Foundation, and Friends of the Earth — and collected more than 60,000 signatures. It seeks to reinforce a July petition, in which more than 130 organizations requested OSHA implement a national heat protection standard.


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