Safety Update: Cold-Weather Injuries
Several months ago I wrote an article concerning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s enforcement of the general duty clause against employers for heat-related issues. Within the last two or three years, OSHA has taken a very aggressive stance to ensure that employers have heat stress programs and enforce them to protect their employees from heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. I also reported on an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission decision which adopted the NIOSH criteria for a heat illness prevention program. Heat stress related issues are enforced by OSHA under the general duty clause.