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OSHA and Climate Change (Heat Illness and Super Storms)
Presented by Kathryn McMahon and Ashley D. Mitchell

OSHA has embarked on one of the broadest, most significant rulemakings it has undertaken in over a decade. The agency is developing a comprehensive occupational standard to regulate heat illness associated with exposure to heat on the job – in indoor as well as outdoor settings. A heat standard will impact scores of employers in every region of the country and may include requirements to provide conditioned air or increased building ventilation, shade tents, regular work-rest cycles built into employees’ work schedules and biological monitoring to ensure employees are not dehydrated or showing signs of heat stress.

The standard has become a priority of the Biden Administration as part of their interagency effort to address climate change and the impact it is having on US worker populations. A number of recent studies show that workers are often the first to be exposed to the effects of climate change and may be affected for longer durations and at greater intensities. NIOSH cites a 2014 study indicating that workers are “the canaries in the coal mine of climate change impacts.”

Join us for our webinar discussing OSHA’s heat illness rulemaking – its status, scope and what it may require – as well as the other significant steps OSHA is taking to address heat illness, including the emergent National Emphasis Program (NEP) on heat illness, and to delve into the impacts of climate change on US workers.

Jul 12, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Kathryn M. McMahon
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Kathryn M. McMahon is a partner in the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law and environmental law. Ms. McMahon helps clients manage incident and fatality inspections, and litigation related to alleged violations by federal OSHA and state OSHA programs. She also represents industry stakeholders in all aspects of OSHA rulemaking, including proposed rules regarding silica, injury and illness recordkeeping, hexavalent chromium, and beryllium, among others.
Ashley D. Mitchell
Associate, Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Ashley D. Mitchell is an Associate in the Chicago office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP supporting both the OSHA and Labor and Employment practice groups. Ms. Mitchell represents and advises clients in a broad range of employment issues involving the employer-employee relationship including wage and hour disputes, Title VII discrimination claims, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She also provides advice and guidance on responding to workplace safety complaints and litigating contests of OSHA citations.