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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 1, 2014

Protecting Employees From Heat

JAMA. 2014;312(13):1292. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11469

A recent analysis has shown that employers implicated in 20 cases of workers’ heat illness or death had inadequate plans to protect employees in high-temperature working conditions.

A review of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records from 2012 and 2013 showed that 20 employers, including 2 federal agencies, were cited under federal law requiring employers to provide workplaces that are “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.”

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