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.
- Documents: PetitionAZ Press ReleaseMD Press ReleaseNY Press Release
- Document Type: Petitions Press Releases/Statements
- States: Arizona Colorado Connecticut Illinois Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Jersey New York Pennsylvania Washington, D.C.
- Agencies: Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Issues: Climate Adaptation & Resilience Climate Resilience Effects of Climate Change Environmental Justice Just Transition Public Health
- Era: Biden Administration
- Action Type: Rulemaking & Other Federal Administrative Proceedings