Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has instructed the State Occupational Safety and Health Administration to adopt emergency measures to protect workers from extreme heat, the governor's office said in a statement on Tuesday.
Oregon and other states in the northwestern Pacific have recently seen temperatures in the 100s – well above average. In Multnomah County, which includes Portland, the state's largest city, more than 50 deaths were attributed to the latest heat wave last week.
Gov. Brown has asked that temporary regulations extend the requirements for employers to provide shade, rest time and cold water for workers during "high and extreme heat events" and that Oregon OSHA continue to work on a permanent heat-related rule. The temporary standards are expected to be adopted this autumn.
Government agencies have also been urged to create an aftermath overview of how they can improve interventions during a heat wave and better protect the health of low-income earners during extreme weather events.