Consideration of a Virginia Heat Illness Prevention Standard

On March 5, 2020, The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board adopted a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) to initiate the regulatory process to a adopt regulation applicable to Heat Illness Prevention. Heat-related illnesses generally include:

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat syncope (temporary loss of consciousness) or fainting
  • Heat Rash
  • Heat Cramps
  • Rhabdomyolysis (muscle breakdown)

The intent of the regulatory action is to reduce/eliminate employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities due to exposure to excessive heat at indoor and outdoor places of work. Goals for the regulation would include identifying methods to reduce or eliminate heat illness hazards; and educating employees and employers about heat-related illness external risk factors, heat-related illness internal risk factors, medical conditions that can contribute to heat illness, symptoms of heat-related illness, and precautions to take to reduce or eliminate heat illness hazards.
For a description of how the process works see  How the Regulatory Process Works in Virginia

Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) on Consideration of a Heat Illness Prevention Standard, 16VAC25-210
Agency Background Document for the NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention
Track Progress on Consideration of a Heat Illness Prevention Standard, 16VAC25-210 
30-Day Comment Period for the NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention

Heat Illness Prevention Advisory Panel Meeting Notification Archive

The second Heat Illness Prevention Advisory Panel Meeting was held September 1, 2021 at 9:00AM. The meeting was held via Webex. To listen to the audio recording of the meeting see the link in the Heat Illness Prevention Advisory Panel Meeting Recording Archive section shown above.

Event address for attendees:  https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/onstage/g.php?MTID=e573931a84af3544894c0607ad48a8ea0

Date and time: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number:  161 640 8376
Event password: DOLI2021

Audio conference: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
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Access code: 161 640 8376

The first Heat Illness Prevention Advisory Panel Meeting was held August 11, 2021 at 9:00AM. The meeting  was held via Webex. To listen to the audio recording of the meeting see the link in the Heat Illness Prevention Advisory Panel Meeting Recording Archive section shown above.

Event address for attendees:  https://covaconf.webex.com/covaconf/onstage/g.php?MTID=e55ef419dc880546f1d5a57c2a8ef8fda

Date and time: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Event number: 161 637 0628
Event password: DOLI2021

Audio conference: To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.
US Toll Free +1-866-692-4530
US Toll +1-517-466-2023
Access code: 161 637 0628

Public Comments Submitted Directly to DOLI in Response to the NOIRA on Heat Illness Prevention

Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.02.21
Celanese Corporation – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.03.21
Virginia Poultry Federation – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard  06.04.21
Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.08.21
Associated General Contractors of Virginia – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.08.21
Virginia Agribusiness Council – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.09.21
Virginia Wineries Association and the Virginia Vineyards Association – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.09.21
Carol-Parker – Public Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.09.21
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.09.21
Virginia Automotive Association – Comments Regarding NOIRA for Heat Illness Prevention Standard 06.10.21