With wildfires currently raging throughout California, Cal/OSHA is advising employers that special precautions should be taken to protect workers from hazards from wildfire smoke.

In a recent advisory, Cal/OSHA emphasizes how smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can harm health. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles in the air, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

Jason Resnick

Some of the most significant natural disasters took place in 2017 during times that were crucial for farming production. The 2017 Wildfire and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) will provide extra help to growers hit hardest during hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria or any of the major wildfires over the year. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster program will utilize $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help agricultural operations in at least nine states.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

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