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:

AirNow Realtime area air quality conditions:

Sample SOP for Worker Safety in Wildfire Conditions:

Employer Checklist and Training Resources:

How to Wear Disposable Respirators:

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.

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Monterey County

Ventura County

San Luis Obispo County

Orange County

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