Cal/OSHA Releases Reminder to Employers Regarding Dangers of Wildfire Smoke

Cal/OSHA has issued an alert to remind employers to protect their workers from unhealthy air due to wildfire smoke. Cal/OSHA chief Doug Parker has stated, “Employers are obligated to protect their outdoor workers and must evaluate the health hazards posed by wildfire smoke. If employers cannot move operations indoors where air is adequately filtered and they do not have access to respiratory protection, they may need to halt operations until the outdoor air quality improves.”

Cal/OSHA’s alert is on a webpage that also contains links to related websites regarding air quality, current California fires, and frequently asked questions about N95 masks.

The California JPIA also has resources related to wildfires, including articles from the Authority newsletter and a wildfire white paper for Authority members.