OSHA to Initiate SBREFA Process For Heat Illness Rulemaking

On Friday, May 19, 2023, OSHA presented at the Small Business Administration's ("SBA") Small Business Labor Safety (OSHA/MSHA) Roundtable about OSHA's Heat Illness Rulemaking.

Just as we predicted, OSHA stated that it is working diligently to pull together materials to initiate the SBREFA process as soon as possible, and when asked about the timing of issuance of the final standard, OSHA stated that the SBREFA process will be happening very soon, and that the heat injury and illness prevention rulemaking is a high priority for this Administration.

Additionally, the Heat Working Group of NACOSH met on April 27, 2023 to present specific recommendations on potential regulatory elements of the Heat Injury and Illness Prevention rulemaking that OSHA should consider.

By the end of the meeting, the Working Group unanimously voted to move the report forward to the full NACOSH committee, with four specific tweaks.

Join CMC's Heat Illness Rulemaking Coalition

As we mentioned previously, we have officially moved into what we are calling Phase 2 of the rulemaking, which covers all advocacy and information-sharing from today (the start of the SBREFA process) through the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”).

Again, we invite our current coalition members to re-up their participation for this critical phase of the rulemaking, and we welcome new members to join us to participate in this next phase of the rulemaking, as well.

Expanding the scope of the coalition can only serve to strengthen its voice for this next vital rulemaking phase.

If you have any questions, including about the fee to participate in the coalition, please contact the Chair of our National OSHA Practice, Eric J. Conn.

Read the article for the new proposed amendments to the Rule, key elements that we expect OSHA to consider in developing its Heat Injury and Illness Prevention standard, and the various value-add benefits of participating with our Coalition.