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OSHA Hazard Alert Letter and Heat Illness National Emphasis Program

On July 27, 2023, the White House issued a fact sheet, in which President Biden announced new actions to protect workers from exposure to heat. At the request of President Biden, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the first-ever Hazard Alert Letter for heat. The letter is available in English and Spanish. The Hazard Alert Letter reaffirms that workers have heat-
related protections under federal law. The alert provides information on what employers can and should be doing now to protect their workers.

Additionally, in April 2022, Federal OSHA announced the launch of a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Nevada OSHA adopted the NEP in a modified form to reflect local factors. It became effective on June 15, 2022. Under the NEP, Nevada OSHA will proactively initiate inspections in over 70 high-risk industries prescribed by Federal OSHA and additional industries identified by Nevada OSHA. These inspections will cover indoor and outdoor settings when the National Weather Service has issued a heat warning or advisory for a local area. This NEP shall remain effective until cancelled or modified by a change to the Federal NEP or adoption of a Nevada-specific heat illness regulation.

Click the link below to learn more about the NEP, heat priority days, heat warning/advisory days, duties of employers and recommendations for businesses.

View full OSHA Hazard Alert Letter and Heat Illness National Emphasis Program