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Phoenix passes heat safety ordinance for city contractors

March 28, 2024


Phoenix city officials have passed a new ordinance aimed at protecting workers for city contractors from the dangers of extreme heat. The move comes after a summer in which the city experienced a record-breaking 31 straight days with temperatures over 110 degrees and the Maricopa County Health Department reported 340 heat-related deaths.

The ordinance will require contractors to provide outdoor workers with access to water, rest, shade and safety training. Contractors will also be required to create and maintain a heat safety plan. The Phoenix City Council passed the ordinance unanimously following a citywide campaign that included members of SEIU, UNITE HERE Local 11 and other labor and community organizations.

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