WHAT IS HAPPENING

On October 27, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a newly proposed rule, known as the “Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings” rule, intended to protect indoor and outdoor workers from hazardous heat. This is the first time OSHA has sought standardized heat protections for restaurant kitchens.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Right now, OSHA is accepting public comments, which will help shape their finalized rule. We need to urge them to finally curb excessive heat in workplaces, including kitchens where temperatures can become unbearable and unsafe for workers.

SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT BELOW

Sample Comment: As a restaurant worker, having to work in unbearably hot kitchens is something I’m unfortunately used to. High temperatures have an impact on all of us who work in the back-of-house. I know my coworkers and I could work better as a team if conditions weren’t affecting our health. I strongly implore OSHA to implement strong heat policies to prevent restaurant kitchens from reaching dangerously hot temperatures. Further, employers must be required to develop and implement a comprehensive excessive heat prevention plan to protect employees from heat-related injuries and illnesses. Finally, we must be able to speak up about the hazards and report any health problems on the job without fear of retaliation.

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