The Biden administration earlier this week announced that it had instructed OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop workplace safety standards relating to exposure to extreme heat. Although this isn’t necessarily an immediate concern for our members and subscribers, there is enough daylight in OSHA’s preliminary language to at least warrant that you be aware of the issue. For its part, OSHA announced enhanced enforcement as part of the initiative with more investigators sent out on inspections when the heat index exceeds 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Ostensibly driven by the administration’s fixation with climate change, the agency also announced more “unprogrammed inspections” – inspections not prompted by any specific event. Furthermore, the agency will issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on heat injury and illness prevention in outdoor and indoor work settings next month. Issuance of the advance notice initiates a comment period during which OSHA will gather more information along with technical expertise on topics including heat stress thresholds and strategies to protect workers.