New OSHA ‘High and Extreme Heat’ Rule in Effect

Date: July 12, 2021

Weather-related requirements in place for 180 days

NFIB Oregon members are urged to acquaint themselves with Oregon OSHA’s new extreme-heat-related rule, which was announced July 8 and in effect for 180 days from that date. This news release has more information. Here are the first three paragraphs from it:

“Oregon OSHA today adopted an emergency rule that strengthens requirements for employers to protect workers from the dangers of high and extreme heat. The requirements expand access to shade and cool water. They also include regular cool-down breaks, training, communication, emergency planning and other measures.

“The temporary rule is effective immediately and stays in place for 180 days, as Oregon OSHA continues its work on a permanent heat stress prevention rule with an eye on adopting it this fall. The temporary rule was adopted following direction from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to enact emergency measures.

“The temporary rule applies to any workplace – outdoors and indoors – where heat dangers are caused by the weather.”


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