Cal/OSHA taking strides to remind employers of their obligation to protect employees from unhealthy air due to wildfire smoke. As the climate crisis continues and wildfires get bigger and stronger each year, how will potential smoke exposure lead to industrial exposure?
Wildfire and smoke exposure concerns have typically been limited to certain occupations or areas (particularly firefighters, agricultural workers, etc), however as fires spread and burn at higher rates and magnitude, it is important to keep an eye on how it might affect those working in fields that we wouldn't traditionally think of as being exposed.
Making sure N95 masks are available, having working air purifiers, access to shade and clean water, are all ways employers can try and protect both employees and their potential exposure concerns.
California’s workplace safety regulator reminds employers of their obligation to protect workers from smoke and heat as one of the largest wildfires in state history continues to grow and high temperatures are forecast throughout the state.