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Heat rules for workers face election challenge

Heat rules for workers face election challenge

The Biden administration is moving closer to finalizing a heat protection standard for workers, but the upcoming election could jeopardize its implementation.

Ayurella Horn-Muller and Frida Garza report for Grist.

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As summers grow hotter, OSHA appears ready to protect workers

Many in the construction and agriculture sectors oppose a mandate to protect workers from heat, but research shows it would help them, too.
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Birth of an OSHA policy

With terrorism in mind, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration created a policy to oversee companies that clean up and build anew after disasters. Decades later, it’s failing to protect workers who respond to climate-fueled catastrophes.

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Workers exposed to extreme heat have few protections

Tens of millions of Americans are struggling to cope with soaring temperatures. OSHA is developing new workplace safety standards, but they are not yet complete.
Florida utility is fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed 5

Florida utility is fined $500,000 for 2017 explosion that killed 5

Tampa Electric Company pleaded guilty in May to “willfully” violating an OSHA rule that required workers to receive a pre-job briefing about the work they were to perform.
Black lung patients, advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards

Black lung patients, advocates urge mine safety officials to update silica dust standards

The federal Mine Safety Health Administration is expected to issue a new proposed standard. Advocates support any moves the agency makes towards a new standard, but some worry it won’t go far enough.

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