Protection from Wildfire Smoke
On July 29, 2019, the California Office of Administrative Law approved an emergency standard for Protection from Wildfire Smoke. This regulation requires employers to:
- Identify potential exposures to harmful air quality caused by wildfire smoke
- Communicate wildfire smoke hazards, air quality conditions, protective measures and encourage feedback
- Train employees who are reasonably anticipated to be affected by unhealthy air quality caused by wildfire smoke
- Control harmful exposure to outdoor workers by various methods as feasible
The following links provide a summary of the regulation and guidance on how to comply, as well as training for employees.
Compliance and Training Resources
Questions and Answers
- Regarding voluntary use of respirators, what is the frequency of refresher training on this? For example, if I train employees and they fill the forms out for voluntary use in September, when will they need to be trained and the forms filled out again?
- While the regulation (8CC5141.1) is specific to "wildfire" smoke, if there was an AQI PM2.5 over 151 without a "active" wildfire, would we still need to adhere to the Cal-OSHA standard?
- The standard is for AQI PM2.5 only correct? Not for AQI ozone.