Problem: OSHA doesn’t have a specific standard for cold (or heat) stress. But OSHA doesn’t need one to hold you liable for failing to protect workers from extreme cold. That’s because the OSHA General Duty Clause, Sec. 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, says that every employer must safeguard workers against “recognized hazards” that can cause great bodily harm or death. OSHA has long taken the position that cold stress may be a “recognized hazard” covered by the GDC. As a result, it expects employers to take steps to protect their workers against cold stress.
How Tool Helps Solve the Problem: Here’s a cold exposure control policy that you can use to protect your workers against cold stress injuries.