• SUMMER IN THE CITY: WHAT TO DO WHEN OSHA COMES CALLING ON A HOT DAY
  • June 16, 2010 | Authors: Jane H. Heidingsfelder; Patrick J. Veters
  • Law Firm: Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. - New Orleans Office
  • OSHA recognizes that five to ten million workers are exposed to heat-related illnesses each year. Due to the belief that such illnesses are preventable occupational health hazards, effective March 23, 2010, OSHA established a Regional Emphasis Program (“REP”) for outdoor heat-related health hazards. The program applies to all worksites in Region VI, which is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and those worksites in New Mexico that are under OSHA’s jurisdiction. The REP is designed to prevent employees from developing heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.