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Proposed New Federal Heat Rule Reinforces Successful Safety Measures That The Construction Industry Already Uses To Protect Workers

 

鈥淭he proposed new federal heat safety rule codifies many of the heat safety practices the construction industry already uses to . Those measures, which broadly fall into the categories of water, rest, shade and training, were crafted by construction firms as part of their general duty obligations to protect workers and keep them healthy.

鈥淚t is disappointing, however, that federal officials have not addressed the disparate impacts of heat in various parts of the country. In short, the impacts on worker safety of a 90-degree day in Mississippi are different than a 90-degree day in Alaska. The final version of the rule should take into account regional differences in weather patterns.

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