Eleven AGs Sent Petition to OSHA Calling for Emergency Temporary Heat Standard

New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 11 state attorneys general in sending a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) calling for an emergency temporary heat standard to protect outdoor workers from heat exposure. The AGs explained that due to increasing extreme weather, workers are at risk of heat-related illness during the summer, especially outdoor workers such as farm and construction workers, who suffer compounded effects due to inequitable social and economic factors. The coalition urged OSHA to issue the emergency temporary standard by May 1, 2024, before summer. Along with the petition to OSHA, the AGs sent letters to Congress and the White House to support protective measures.