The CLEO Institute Commends the Biden Administration for Moving Forward with a Federal Heat Standard to Protect Workers


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MIAMI – On Tuesday, July 2nd, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented President Biden with its proposed rule – Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings – for worker heat protections. 

The proposed rule would require employers to develop plans to control heat hazards in workplaces with excessive heat. Such controls might include water breaks, indoor cooling systems, and required rest periods, as well as additional accommodations for new workers while they adjust to high-heat conditions. 

The CLEO Institute has been advocating for protections for outdoor and indoor workers at the local, state and Federal level. Most recently sending a letter in March of this year to the Biden-Harris Administration, and the Department of Labor, asking them to fast-track federal heat standards. 

“This rule is even more important now that a pre-emption for local governments setting heat standards for outdoor workers has been enacted into law in Florida by Governor DeSantis,” says Yoca Arditi-Rocha, Executive Director of The CLEO Institute. 2023 was the hottest year on record, and 2,300 heat-related deaths were recorded in the US, including in Florida. “Given that our State preempted the ability of local governments to protect workers in Florida, we welcome federal action to protect people’s lives,” continued Arditi-Rocha.

When OSHA’s proposed rule has been published in the Federal Register, OSHA will be accepting public comment, the next step in OSHA’s rulemaking process.

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