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    August 23, 2019

    An emergency regulation issued from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board on July 29, 2019, requires California employers to take steps to protect workers from potential harm due to exposure from wildfire smoke. Some of the steps required in the emergency rule (which kicks in when air quality erodes to specified levels) include relocating workers to other sites or providing respirators in the most severe circumstances.

    Last week, the California Chamber of Commerce learned that the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is considering significant changes to the rule that would lower the threshold levels that trigger the need for employer action. Read more.