Employment & Labor
States Address Heat-Related Workplace Safety
October 13, 2021 | Lisa Kimbrough
After record-breaking heat waves were experienced in the United States and around the world in the summer of 2021, policymakers at the state and federal level are taking regulatory action to address excess temperatures at workplaces. The record heat wave endured by the Pacific Northwest this past summer led Oregon and Washington state to adopt emergency regulations meant to prevent heat-related illnesses in the workplace. These states are two of only four, including California and Minnesota, that currently have regulations in place indicating how employers must attempt to prevent heat-related illness in employees, though this is a growing area of interest across state legislatures.