Air Quality - Worker Safety and Information Links

November 17, 2018
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Smoke from wildfire burning in Butte County is widespread and air quality may be considered unhealthy, depending on local conditions. If your area is impacted by smoke, people should avoid outdoor activity and measures should be implemented to ensure worker health and safety due to unhealthy air quality. Detailed information about the use of N95 respirator masks is contained in the Cal/OSHA notice on Wildfire Safety Notice for Employers: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/wildfire/Wildfire-Safety-Notice-Nov-14-2018.pdf.

A sample standard operating procedure (SOP) to address worker safety in case of wildfire smoke, in Spanish and English, can be found here:

http://www.calstrawberry.com/Portals/2/Documents/Advisories/SOP Air Quality_Final.docx?ver=2018-11-16-173946-097

For additional information contact: 

Watsonville/Salinas: Joy Jacobs, 831.251.4421 or jjacobs@calstrawberry.org

Santa Maria: Jason Sharrett, 805.264.5250 or jsharrett@calstrawberry.org

Oxnard: Mark Edsall, 805.340.8373 or medsall@calstrawberry.org

Up to date information about air quality can be found here: https://www.airnow.gov/

For additional information regarding air quality advisories, refer to the California Air Resources Board blog: http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/.

Commission staff will continue to monitor the situation, and will post additional resources on www.calstrawberry.com as they become available.