Cal/OSHA issued an advisory recently to remind employers to take extra precautions to protect their workers from the dangers of wildfire smoke. Smoke from wildfires contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can cause health problems. The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

A period of extreme heat is expected across Central and Southern California beginning on Friday. It is times like these that Cal/OSHA reminds employers to take the necessary steps to ensure their employees are protected during record-breaking heat waves. Extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer in the country so preventing heat-related illnesses is crucial.

Here are some recommendations for employers:

In January 2017, federal OSHA implemented a requirement that all employers in states regulated by Fed-OSHA participate in an annual electronic filing process to better track injury and illness data. Initially, employers in states (like California) who participated in a state-sponsored OSHA plan in lieu of Fed-OSHA were indicated to be exempt from the filing requirement unless the individual state adopted the requirement. However, on April 30, 2018, the U.S.

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