Biden Proposes Rule to Protect Workers From Extreme Heat

Affected Workers Include Farmworkers, Delivery and Construction Workers, Indoor Workers in Warehouses, Factories

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President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the DC Emergency Operations Center on July 2 in Washington. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on July 2 proposed a new rule to address excessive heat in the workplace, warning — as tens of millions of people in the U.S. are under heat advisories — that high temperatures are the country’s leading weather-related killer.

If finalized, the measure would protect an estimated 36 million U.S. workers from injuries related to heat exposure on the job — establishing the first major federal safety standard of its kind. Those affected by excessive heat in the workplace include farmworkers, delivery and construction workers, landscapers and indoor workers in warehouses, factories and kitchens.

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