OSHA Initiates SBAR/SBREFA Panel on Heat Injury and Illness Prevention

On August 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally convened the Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel, also known as a “SBREFA” panel, on a possible heat standard. The panel provides Small Entity Representatives ("SERs"), that meet the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) size standards, with an opportunity to review OSHA’s proposed approaches to regulating heat exposures in indoor and outdoor workplaces. As part of the review process, SERs will inform the agency of the potential impacts the proposal will have on the small business community as well as offer alternative approaches.

OSHA will host several SBAR panel videoconferences between September 7 and 18; these videoconferences will be open for the public to listen to but not participate in. Once all conferences are complete, the panel will conclude with a final report to the head of OSHA within 60 days. Click HERE to learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Cannon at or (703) 837-5410.

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