How the US Can Protect Pregnant Workers from High Temperatures

US President Joe Biden tasked the US Labor Department to write regulations to better protect workers from heat, partly because climate change is making more and more days dangerously hot.

The department asked for expert and public input, and last week Human Rights Watch officially weighed in.

We drew attention to specific risks to pregnancy from extreme heat. Pregnant workers face increased risk of heat stress, and research shows exposure to high temperatures in pregnancy is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight. Preterm or low-weight babies are more likely to die as infants and can face lifelong health consequences. Continue Reading




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