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
UC ANR Guidance for compliance with 8 CCR 5141.1
UC ANR Training for Protection From Wildfire Smoke
UC ANR Voluntary N95 Respirator Training
UC ANR Voluntary N95 Respirator Registration
Wildfire N95 guidance and FAQ (9-2019)
How to Don (wear) an N95 Respirator
UC Wildfire Smoke Protocol
Following extensive periods of poor air quality due to wildfire smoke in fall of 2018, UC leadership convened a Systemwide Air Quality Working Group to develop recommendations on how UC campuses and other locations should respond to unhealthy air conditions caused by wildfire smoke. In October 2019, UC President Napolitano accepted the report and recommendations. The AQWG report and recommendations are attached below, along with a decision matrix that provides guidelines for responding to air quality conditions and modifying operations at UC ANR facilities and programs.
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?
- The standard is for AQI PM2.5 only correct? Not for AQI ozone.
- What do we do if we cannot find AQI PM2.5 data for our location? We have tried all the recommended sources, but there is no published real-time monitoring that serves our area.
- 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?
Spanish language resources
EPA Fact Sheets
Prepare for Fire Season Factsheet
Reduce Your Smoke Exposure Factsheet
Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet
Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash
Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash Factsheet
Protect Your Pets from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet
Protect Your Large Animals and Livestock from Wildfire Smoke Factsheet
Protect Yourself From Ash Factsheet