Panel Releases Report on OSHA’s Possible Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Rulemaking
A Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel tasked with reviewing a possible Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Settings regulation from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has produced its final report.
The report identifies the automotive repair industry as one of the "core" industries that could be impacted by a potential OSHA rule making. Specifically, it notes, "Automobile repair and maintenance employees can experience high levels of heat stress because they are routinely engaged in manual labor and work in garages that may have insufficient ventilation. Workers in garages with minimal or no insulation may experience indoor ambient temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than outside temperatures."