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December 20, 2017

Cal/OSHA Issues Updated Guidance to Employers on Respiratory Protection from Wildfires

With the Southern California wildfires still raging, Cal/OSHA issued an advisory providing updated guidance to employers with outdoor workers who may be exposed to wildfire smoke.

The advisory states: When outdoor workers are exposed to air quality that is designated “Unhealthy”, “Very Unhealthy” or “Hazardous” by local air quality management districts, employers are required to provide filtering respirators such as masks labeled N95 and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The advisory included an FAQ about N95 masks as well as information on where to obtain masks at County Emergency Operation Centers.

For more information, see Cal/OSHA’s news release on respiratory protection for outside workers or contact Jason Resnick at (949) 885-2253.