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OSHA will issue heat standards to protect workers

President Joe Biden announced this week that his administration’s efforts to address extreme heat will include new rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to protect workers from dangerous conditions.... Read more»

As scorching heat is killing workers, some states stepping in

Federal safety regulators have issued no standards to protect workers from heat-related hazards - even as climate change increases the risk of deadly heat waves and extreme weather conditions - prompting some states to begin enacting regulations on their own.... Read more»

Migrant deaths in the desert at record levels as heat wave pounds West

The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year - the remains of 127 migrants have been discovered in the first half of 2021- as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave. ... Read more»

Arizona Corporation Commission votes to strengthen policies on power disconnection

On April 14 the commission voted 3-2 to preliminarily approve a package of measures regulating when utilities can shut off service for nonpayment. ... Read more»

Experts fear COVID-19 pandemic will lead to more summer heat deaths

The heat could be even deadlier this summer, which experts predict will be warmer than normal, as people are spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic and have less access to libraries, shopping centers and other air conditioned public spaces.... Read more»

How Arizona’s outdoor workers stay safe in the swelter

Earlier this month, Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced a bill that would establish a federal safety standard for workers who labor in the heat, both inside and outdoors.... Read more»

Heat and violence pose twin threats for asylum-seekers waiting at border

Asylum-seeking families following U.S. rules and crossing at the designated ports of entry can face monthslong waits and dangerous conditions on the Mexican side of the border.... Read more»

Worker advocates burned up over lack of federal heat protections

OSHA has yet to establish a heat standard that would give employers specific requirements regarding water, rest breaks and shade. ... Read more»

Factchecking the White House on climate, heat deaths

In a recent “fact sheet” on the threat climate change poses to human health, the White House cherry-picked data on the estimated number of premature deaths due to future extreme temperatures.... Read more»