Employers in California are now required to protect their employees from potential harm created by wildfire smoke, following approval of an emergency regulation by the Office of Administrative Law on July 29. The rule is effective through January 28, 2020, with two possible 90-day extensions.
In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Policy Advocate Robert Moutrie and CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank review the steps employers should take to comply with Cal/OSHA’s wildfire smoke protection emergency rule.
Adopted by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board on July 18, the emergency rule requires employers to monitor the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the workplace and take steps to protect workers when the AQI reaches certain levels.
“Broadly speaking what employers need to begin doing is, let’s say you hear about a fire, you smell smoke, you need to be monitoring the AQI in your area, which you can do via government websites or an email alert,” Moutrie tells Frank. “If [the AQI] reaches certain levels, you’re going to need to take certain steps with your employees.” Read More