Bringing the Heat: OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat Related Hazards

Published On: August 17, 2022

OSHA is making heat illness and hazards a top priority with its Heat Hazard National Emphasis Program (NEP), which went into effect on April 8. The agency will conduct proactive inspections for heat-related hazards in “high-risk” industries, including a category that covers many facilities and construction sites.

Assessing the Workplace

 The regulatory requirements and necessity of the National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards will be discussed to ensure workers are protected from a health standpoint.

Heat-Related Illness-Outdoor and Indoor

We will discuss the physiological and environmental factors and the impact on employees with the NIOSH publication on heat stress and the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app.

 Situational Awareness

 Recognition of the symptoms of heat related illnesses will be explored.

Heat-Related Inspections

Increased OSHA Inspections, On-Site Consultation visits, and programmed enforcements are planned.

Building a Better Program

The elements to demonstrate your program has all critical considerations for work/rest and the items an OSHA inspector will look for during a site inspection.

Training

How to properly convey all aspects of your enhanced program to protect workers and for the employees to  implement as regulatory requirements and best management practices.

These relevant program points will be unpacked to aid in reducing heat-related illnesses, reducing incidents, and ensuring your business is in compliance with the new National Emphasis Program on Outdoor and Indoor Heat-Related Hazards.

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