How to Protect Outdoor Workers from Smoke-Filled Skies from Wildfires
- Smoke-filled skies from distant wildfires can affect outdoor employee health.
- Employers can implement measures to protect workers from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke.
- Employers can keep track of the Air Quality Index (AQI) and have an emergency response plan in place in case of poor air quality conditions.
- Provide respiratory protection equipment to employees and ensure they know how to use them properly.
- Limit outdoor work hours or provide alternative indoor work options when AQI reaches unhealthy levels.
Wildfire smoke poses a serious health risk to outdoor workers. Employers can take practical measures to ensure their workers are protected from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke. These measures include monitoring the AQI, having an emergency response plan in place, providing respiratory protection equipment, limiting outdoor work hours or providing alternative indoor work options when air quality conditions become unhealthy. By providing a safe work environment, employers can protect their workers’ health and prevent potential legal liability.