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Biden to announce heat rules as climate-related deaths rise

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Biden administration will propose new rules to protect workers from extreme heat, amid one of the hottest summers on record, covering around 35 million workers

🔭 The context: The proposed regulation by OSHA follows decades of inaction despite rising heat-related worker injuries and fatalities, with climate change exacerbating extreme temperatures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: As global temperatures rise, heat protection measures are crucial to safeguarding worker health and reducing climate-related deaths

⏭️ What's next: The proposal, expected to be finalized by 2026, faces potential challenges from future administrations and political changes, particularly with Trump pledging to reverse parts of Biden’s climate agenda

💬 One quote: “The purpose of this rule is simple: to significantly reduce the number of injuries, illnesses and deaths suffered by workers subject to excessive heat while simply doing their jobs,” stated a senior administration official

📈 One stat: From 1992 to 2017, an estimated 815 workers died and 70,000 were seriously injured due to extreme heat

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