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Department of Labor announces proposed rule to protect workers in extreme heat

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a proposed rule with the goal of protecting millions of workers from the significant health risks of extreme heat. The rule would require employers to establish a Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (HIIPP) that includes specific elements outlined in the proposed rule necessary to protect workers from the dangers of excessive heat.

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register and will call for public comments. The DOL also anticipates a public hearing after the close of the written comment period.  

“The health and safety of letter carriers always comes first,” NALC President Brian L. Renfroe said. “NALC has fought for more than a decade in several avenues to achieve protections for our members from the dangers we face working outdoors in excessive heat. While progress has been made, a national rule that requires employers to provide comprehensive prevention is the ultimate solution. We appreciate Acting Secretary Julie Su for her engagement with our union and for prioritizing this important issue. NALC fully supports implementation of this proposed rule.”