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Environmental Temperature Standard
Some UMD buildings without mechanical ventilation and air conditioning may experience high temperatures above the permissible exposure limits. See Heat Stress and Heat- Related Illnesses Fact Sheet, for information applicable to office situations.
As part of administrative controls prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) a supervisor or a department has the following options (see fact sheet for further information):
Another strategy that some units have used in the past is the temporary adjustment of work hours.
Sending employees home is at the supervisor/department discretion, especially in cases where heat is at levels above the permissible exposure limits and all other options are not feasible. However, the employee would need to use accrued vacation time, banked compensatory time, or time without pay.
Questions regarding Environmental Temperature Standard, contact Mahjoub Labyad, Department of Environmental Health and Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-726-7273.
Questions regarding work hours and pay practices may be directed to Tim Caskey, Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity at email@example.com or 726-6326.