|NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention
|Ended on 6/9/2021
Dear Mr. Withrow:
AIHA, headquartered in Virginia and representing more than 200 occupational and environmental health and safety professionals in the Commonwealth strongly supports Virginia’s intent to develop and adopt a standard “to reduce/eliminate employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities due to exposure to excessive heat at indoor and outdoor places of work.” Each year, hundreds of workers die and thousands more suffer injuries from occupational exposure to heat illness., Despite this, neither the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) nor the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program have a standard that specifically addresses heat stress. Action is urgently needed to help prevent more fatalities and injuries.
AIHA recommends the following components be detailed in the standard:
AIHA looks forward to working with VOSH on this rulemaking and other actions to help protect all workers from occupational hazards. If you have any questions on these comments or other matters, please contact Mark Ames at email@example.com or (703) 846-0730.
John Mulhausen, Ph.D., CIH, CSP, FAIHA
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