Upcoming Advisory Meeting for Proposing an Emergency Regulation to Protect Workers from Wildfire Smoke
General Industry Safety Orders
Chapter 4, subchapter 7, new section
1515 Clay St., 2nd Floor, Room 1
In response to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board's decision on March 21, 2019 to GRANT in part Petition No. 573, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) will convene an advisory meeting seeking input on the development of an emergency rulemaking proposal addressing worker exposure to wildfire smoke. Cal/OSHA plans to hold this advisory committee meeting on May 8th, 2019 in Oakland.
Persons interested in receiving announcements and updates pertaining to the advisory meeting, and persons interested in providing information and scientific data on employee exposure to wildfire smoke, control measures, feasibility, or costs may contact Deputy Chief of Health Eric Berg at (510) 286-7010 or Senior Safety Engineer Amalia Neidhardt at (916) 263-1944.
Interested persons may provide comments on the draft regulatory text by April 26, 2019. Cal/OSHA will post any updates to the draft regulatory text by May 6, 2019.
- Petition 573
- Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, Executive Order N-05-19
- About the Emergency Rulemaking Process
- Flow Chart on Emergency Rulemaking
- Worker Safety and Health in Wildfire Regions
- Protecting Outdoor Workers Exposed to Smoke from Wildfires
- Protecting Indoor Workplaces from Wildfire Smoke with Building Ventilation Systems and Other Methods
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Air Resources Board: Wildfire Smoke A Guide for Public Health Officials, May 2016
- Sources of wildfire smoke and air quality:
- US EPA Air Now.Gov website - https://airnow.gov/
Handouts and References
- Title 8 section 3203, Injury and Illness Prevention Program
- Title 8 section 5140, Definitions
- Title 8 section 5141, Control of Harmful Exposure to Employees
- Title 8 section 5144, Respiratory Protection
- California Air Resources Board website. Inhalable Particulate Matter and Health (PM2.5 and PM10).
- California Air Resources Board website. Protecting Yourself from Wildfire Smoke.
- U.S. EPA. Integrated Science Assessment (ISA) for Particulate Matter (Final Report, Dec 2009). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-08/139F, 2009.
- U.S. EPA. Federal Register Final Rule- Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards Vol. 81 Wednesday, No. 164 August 24, 2016
- U.S. EPA. 40 CFR Appendix G_to_part_58 - Uniform Air Quality Index (AQI) and Daily Reporting.
- US EPA Air Now.Gov website. Air Quality Index (AQI) Basics
- U.S. EPA website. Wildland Fire Research: Health Effects Research.
- U.S. EPA website. Wildland Fire Research to Protect Health and the Environment.
- Joint Fire Science Program. FINAL REPORT. Wildland Fire Smoke Health Effects on Wildland Firefighters and the Public. JFSP PROJECT ID: 13-1-02-14 June 2017.
- Reid CE, Brauer M, Johnston FH, Jerrett M, Balmes JR, Elliott CT. Critical Review of Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Sep;124(9):1334-43. doi: 10.1289/ehp.1409277. Epub 2016 Apr 15.
- Wettstein ZS, Hoshiko S, Fahimi J, Harrison RJ, Cascio WE, Rappold AG. Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Emergency Department Visits Associated With Wildfire Smoke Exposure in California in 2015. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 11;7(8). pii: e007492. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.007492
- Bernstein, R. Tuolumne County Health Officer. Air Pollution Hazards & Protective Measures in Wildfires 2019 Apr 15 Presentation
- Strosnider H, Chang H, Darrow L, Liu Y, Vaidyanathan A, Strickland M. Age-Specific Associations of Ozone and Fine Particulate Matter with Respiratory Emergency Department Visits in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Apr 1;199(7):882-890. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201806-1147OC
- Health Effects Institute. State of Global Air/2018: A Special Report on Global Exposure to Air Pollution and its Disease Burden