Under A New Proposed Rule Change, Washington’s Outdoor Workers Would Have Protections From Outdoor Ambient Heat Exposure

Outdoor workers need Protection From Outdoor Heat Exposure

As temperatures rise year after year, so does the risk of incurring a heat-related health issue or injury — especially for those who work outside.

In the summers of 2021 and 2022, the Washington State Department of L&I filed emergency rules to protect outdoor workers’ health from ambient heat exposure, and the related occurrence of heat-related illnesses — but this only addressed worker access to drinking water.

This new rule would provide for more protections from the heat including cool-down rest periods, mandatory rest periods when the temperatures climb above 90 degrees, and access to shade. Learn more about your worker’s rights today.

Read the full proposal here.

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