Oregon OSHA Proposes Permanent Heat Rules – Public Hearings Scheduled
Oregon OSHA adopted temporary rules related to exposure of Oregon workers to high ambient heat on July 8, 2021. The rules contained requirements for providing shade, water, training and other resources when Oregon workers could be exposed to temperatures in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Those temporary rules expired on January 3, 2022. OR-OSHA has been working with stakeholders to develop permanent rules related to the exposure of workers to high ambient heat. On January 28, 2021, OR-OSHA published its proposed permanent rules related to heat illness. The proposed permanent rules apply to most employers and contains significant requirements for provision of shade, water, training, acclimatization of employees, paid rest periods and development of written plans beginning when the heat index reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The specific language of the proposed permanent rule can be found at this link.
OR-OSHA has scheduled three public hearings on the rule when interested parties can comment on the proposed permanent rules. All Hearings will be held virtually. The hearings are currently scheduled for:
February 23, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. REGISTER
February 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (Spanish only) REGISTER
February 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. REGISTER
Comments on the proposed permanent rule can also be submitted in writing to:
Department of Consumer and Business Services
PO BOX 14480
Salem OR 97309-0405
The comment period for this proposed permanent rule closes on March 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. OR-OSHA anticipates final adoption of the rule in April 2022.
If you are an Employer and have questions and need assistance, please contact the lawyers at Cummins, Goodman, Denley & Vickers at (503) 476-8200.