Emergency Regulation For Wildfire Smoke In California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - July 22, 2019 - PRLog -- Enviro Safety has learned that the California Department of Industrial Relations' Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has adopted an emergency regulation meant to protect workers when they may be exposed to hazards associated with wildfire smoke. The new regulation is expected to be effective in early August.  If the Air Quality Index (AQI) for airborne particulate matter is 151 or greater, and if it is reasonably anticipated that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke, then employers will be required to protect workers. Under the new regulation, employers must check the AQI for harmful exposure levels. If possible, the harmful exposure must be mitigated. However, if the harmful exposure cannot be reduced then Training must be offered on the health effects of wildfire smoke and Respirators must be provided for voluntary use.  N95 masks are mentioned as an option. Once reviewed, approved and published, this emergency regulation will be in Title 8 section 5141.1 of the Cal/OSHA Code of Regulations. Thereafter, the standards board is expected to adopt this as permanent regulation. Enviro Safety sells industrial safety products such as 3M Respirators to construction, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and government customers nationally For more information visit the Enviro Website http://envirosafety.com/breathe-better

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