Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Protecting workers from heat hazards is a high priority for OSHA. In concert with the agency's rulemaking and outreach efforts to protect workers and communities from extreme heat, OSHA has established a Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH). The Work Group was established to help NACOSH respond to OSHA's request to provide recommendations on the Agency's heat injury and illness prevention guidance and rulemaking activities. Work Group members have extensive knowledge and experience in the causes of, identification of, and factors that affect heat injury and illness hazards in the workplace, as well as best practices and interventions for mitigating occupational heat injury and illness. The Work Group will evaluate OSHA's heat illness and prevention guidance materials, develop recommendations for guidance materials, evaluate stakeholder input, and develop recommendations on potential elements of a proposed heat injury and illness prevention standard. The Work Group will present its written findings and recommendations on these tasks for consideration by the full NACOSH committee. After deliberations, NACOSH will submit its recommendations to the Secretary of Labor.

NACOSH was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor and Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to the administration of the OSH Act, including regulatory matters (29 U.S.C. 656(a)).

Under the OSH Act, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.

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Resources

  • Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings Rulemaking webpage

  • National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety & Health (NACOSH) webpage

  • National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health Docket (OSHA-2022-0002)

  • Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Work Group of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA-2022-0003)