On December 6, 2017, Cal/OSHA issued an advisory and posted materials that provide guidance for employers and workers who are working in the wildfire regions, available here. Employers are instructed to take special precautions to protect workers from hazards from the heavy wildfire smoke. Employers are also instructed to take appropriate measures under their Injury and Illness Prevention Program (“IIPP”) including:
♦ Engineering controls whenever feasible (for example, using a filtered ventilation system in indoor work areas);
♦ Administrative controls if practicable (for example, limiting the time that employees work outdoors); and
♦ Providing workers with respiratory protective equipment, such as disposable filtering face pieces (dust masks).
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are affected by the wildfires. If you have any questions regarding worker safety or employment related questions in regards to the wildfire, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group.