Thursday, July 14, 2022

Extreme Heat Creates ‘Boiling Point’ for Low-Income Workers

 From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

While temperatures have rapidly risen in recent years, protections for workers impacted by extreme heat have not kept pace with changing conditions. “Boiling Point,” a new report from Public Citizen, calls for the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) to create a long-overdue standard to protect workers from extreme heat. The report details how low-income workers and Black and Brown workers are disproportionately impacted by extreme heat, which results in at least 170,000 work-related injuries each year and as many as 2,000 fatalities. Spotlight spoke recently with the study’s author, Juley Fulcher, a worker health and safety advocate at Public Citizen and coordinator of the National Heat Stress Campaign. The conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity