Posts Tagged ‘wildfire exposure’

While emergency wildfire smoke regulations are in effect, Cal/OSHA is preparing permanent regulations that may affect more employers.

Cal/OSHA Renews Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulations

This year’s dry, windy winter has government agencies predicting a quicker start to wildfire season. As you may recall, last summer, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) enacted emergency wildfire smoke regulations designed to protect outdoor employees as a response to the severe wildfire seasons of the past few years. The emergency […]

11 Feb 20 - Health and Safety, Workplace Safety - Matthew J. Roberts, Esq. - No CommentsRead More »

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California Wildfires: Remember Employers Must Protect Outdoor Workers From Wildfire Smoke

Right now, firefighters across California are battling multiple wildfires, which are destroying property and prompting the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. Wildfires are not the only threat to people as smoke exposure is also hazardous, especially for people working outdoors. New major wind events (with wind gusts between 50 and 70 mph) are […]

30 Oct 19 - Health and Safety - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

California Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation Now in Effect

On July 29, 2019, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s emergency regulation to protect outdoor workers from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke became effective. As previously reported, Cal/OSHA has been developing these standards for several months. Here’s what employers should know. Air Quality Index Under the new regulation, employers must take steps […]

1 Aug 19 - Workplace Safety - James W. Ward - No CommentsRead More »

Employee Smoke Exposure During Wildfires

I am an employer that has been affected directly by the wildfires in California. What is Cal/OSHA doing to address the issue of employee exposure to unhealthy air quality during these occurrences? The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is in the process of developing an emergency regulation to protect employees from wildfire […]

17 Jun 19 - Workplace Safety - HRWatchdog - No CommentsRead More »