"Biden Confronts Extreme Heat, A Silent Climate Killer"

"Steps to combat extreme heat, now America’s leading weather-related cause of death, include developing new workplace standards."

"President Biden launched a government-wide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from the impact of rising temperatures linked to climate change.

Extreme heat has cost the lives of hundreds of Americans this summer and affected the health and livelihoods of many thousands more. It now ranks as the leading weather-related cause of death in the country, according to the National Weather Service.

The push could lead to new federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for employers, as well as more funding for cooling centers and other efforts to reduce heat-related illness and death. Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in places that experienced a multiday heat wave between June and August, according to a recent Washington Post analysis."

Maxine Joselow reports for the Washington Post September 20, 2021.


"Biden Administration To Write Workplace Safety Rule Tackling Heat Stress" (Politico)

"White House, OSHA Look to Enhance Measures for Extreme Heat" (Occupational Health & Safety)

"Biden Administration Unveils Plan to Protect Workers and Communities from Extreme Heat" (Inside Climate News)

Source: Washington Post, 09/21/2021