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Resources for Workforce Safety During Wildfire Smoke

October 14, 2021
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An uptick in wildfires on the West Coast have the potential to impact air quality in California’s strawberry growing regions. Local atmospheric dynamics can cause rapid changes in conditions in the fields. Growers and ranch managers should regularly monitor conditions and be prepared to take action based on local conditions.

All resources listed below can also be found on the Wildfire Resources page:
https://www.calstrawberry.com/en-us/Alerts/Wildfire-Resources

AirNow Realtime area air quality conditions:
https://www.airnow.gov

Sample SOP for Worker Safety in Wildfire Conditions:
https://link.calstrawberry.com/x2ja

Employer Checklist and Training Resources:
https://aghealth.ucdavis.edu/wildfires

How to Wear Disposable Respirators:
https://www.dir.ca.gov/DOSH/wildfire/n95EngSpan.pdf

N-95 Masks for Employees
CalOSHA requires employers to have N-95 masks on hand when the Air Quality Index (AQI) exceeds 151.

County Agricultural Commissioners have limited stocks on hand for harvest crews and outdoor workers.

Please contact your local County Agricultural Commissioner office for availability.

Santa Cruz County
831.763.8080

Santa Barbara County
805.681.5600

Monterey County
831.759.7325

Ventura County
805.388.4222

San Luis Obispo County
805.781.5910

Orange County
714.955.0100

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