May 14, 2020

Media alert: Maryland Enacts AIHA-Supported Bill Protecting Workers from Heat Stress

What: Maryland House Bill 722 has been enacted into law. The new law requires the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry, in consultation with the state's Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board, to develop and adopt, by October 2022, regulations that require employers to protect employees from heat-related illness caused by heat stress. In February 2020, AIHA member Veronica Stanley, on behalf of AIHA's Chesapeake Local Section, testified before the Maryland House and Senate in support of the bill.

Why: AIHA supports the new law as it will help protect workers from occupational heat stress. AIHA President Kathy Murphy remarked, "Heat stress is a significant problem that can result in occupational illnesses and injuries, and in some cases death. This bill is both timely and needed," she continued, "marking an important step forward on heat stress prevention for Marylanders. Other states may be inspired by Maryland's leadership to introduce and enact similar bills of their own."

Where: For additional information about Mary House Bill 722, please visit the website of Maryland's General Assembly.

Who: Founded in 1939, AIHA is a nonprofit organization serving professionals dedicated to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of environmental stressors in or arising from the workplace that may result in injury, illness, or impairment, or affect the well-being of workers and members of the community. AIHA provides comprehensive education programs and other products and services that help its members maintain the highest professional standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists, and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed in the industrial, consulting, academic, and government sectors.

Contact: For additional information, contact Mark Ames, AIHA's director of government relations.