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Every year, thousands of workers who work outdoors in the United States—the workers who grow our food, who build our homes and neighborhoods, who labor on the frontlines under the sun—die due to the environmental crisis of extreme heat. Outdoor workers are 35x more likely to die from heat on the job than other workers. Worker lives are not disposable; we have a mandate to end deaths on the job due to extreme heat. In response to rising temperatures and the urgent need to protect workers from preventable heat illness and death, WeCount! has united hundreds of outdoor workers to envision and draft a first-of-its-kind municipal ordinance to protect hundreds of thousands of outdoor workers across Miami-Dade County and guarantee them access to water, shade, and rest breaks.
1 in 4 workers in Miami-Dade works outdoors. The Miami-Dade Heat Standard for Outdoor Workers will protect workers by employing heat illness prevention measures, educating workers and employers, and enforcing heat hazard protections recommended by health experts and informed by the lived experiences of worker survivors of heat-related illnesses. Our Heat Standard will reduce injuries, limit hospitalizations, and save lives. Climate scientists and public health experts agree: enforceable heat hazard protections are needed to protect workers from extreme heat. If passed, the Miami-Dade Heat Standard for Outdoor Workers will be the first countywide heat standard for outdoor workers in the country. We believe that Miami-Dade County can serve as a model for the nation, and that we can end deaths on the job due to extreme heat.