SLMA Submits Comments in Response to OSHA Heat Injury & Illnesses Prevention ANPRM

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Yesterday, SLMA's employment law counsel at Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine, P.C. submitted comments to OSHA on behalf of SLMA in response to the agency's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor settings. Utilizing information collected from the SLMA Government Affairs Committee, the comments explain various methods mills use to monitor heat stress and the success of these programs in protecting employees. Considering the efficacy of the programs in place, the comments ask that OSHA not create new regulations, but instead consolidate the various methods of dealing with heat into a guidance document. Finally, the comments ask that if OSHA does move forward with a proposed regulation that the proposal would be flexible and take into consideration the various methods that have been proven effective. We will continue to provide updates on this issue through the the monthly regulatory update.