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If you have workers in a wildfire zone, you need to have measures in place to protect them in the event of a catastrophe.
Smoke from these wildfires is dangerous as it contains chemicals, gases and fine particles that can lodge deep in people's lungs. This can make it difficult to breathe, aggravate asthma as well as existing heart and lung conditions - not to mention all the coughing and wheezing that most people would experience.
To protect workers exposed to wildfire smoke, Cal/OSHA recommends that employers take the following measures:
Make sure workers are wearing respirators properly. Manufacturer 3M has the following tips:
A filtering facepiece respirator without a valve
To perform a user seal check on a non-valved, cup-shaped disposable respirator:
A filtering facepiece respirator with a valve
To perform a user seal check on a valved, cup-shaped disposable respirator: