Here’s what you should do if you are forced to work in extreme indoor temperatures:
- Immediately report the issue to REHS and make a facilities work order
- Notify your supervisor that you are reporting a safety violation and object to working under unsafe conditions until the repairs are complete:
“I object to working under extreme temperatures that deviate from the recommendations of OSHA and PEOSH because it can or has already impacted my health and safety and will cause an eminent continued threat to my wellbeing. As an alternative, I intend to leave the workplace and continue working remotely if/until the work environment is safe. Moving forward, working remotely is the safest option until the HVAC is fully operational.”
Reference: OSHA recommends temperature control in the range of 68–76° F and humidity control in the range of 20%-60%. Rutgers, as a public employer, is required to uphold a general duty of maintaining a workplace free from hazards according to PEOSH. Compliance with the OSHA recommendation will fulfill that duty. Violations may be reported to PEOSH at: https://www.nj.gov/health/workplacehealthandsafety/peosh/compform.shtml.
- If you’ve already experienced illness from the extreme heat conditions, notify your supervisor that you are feeling ill and must leave sick for the rest of the day. Request that the absence be precessed though the Occupational Health Department and that you should not be made to use your own sick time.