Why worker protections from heat illness could be an economic win for business : The Indicator from Planet Money Extreme heat takes a toll on workers. From heatstroke to an increased likelihood of workplace accidents, protecting employees from heat illness is a growing priority for state legislatures. We talk to an economist about how higher safety standards help businesses too.

An economic argument for heat safety regulation

An economic argument for heat safety regulation

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The planet is getting warmer every year. As temperatures increase, so do the risks of workplace accidents and injuries due to extreme heat exposure. These dangers are often overlooked for indoor workers sweating it out in places like warehouses, restaurant kitchens and dry cleaners. Legislation in California to strengthen safety protocols for indoor workers have been met with opposition from businesses and industry groups. We bring an economist onto the show to explain why spending more on preventing heat illness at work is a win-win for both businesses and workers.

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