Regulation Protecting Workers from Exposure to Wildfire Smoke in Effect

  • Aug 07, 2019

As of July 30, 2019, an emergency regulation requiring protection for workers exposed to wildfire smoke is in effect. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board of the Department of Industrial Relations issued the regulation.

In order to assist agricultural employers with wildfire smoke exposure compliance, the Farm Employers Labor Service has created a webpage with compliance resources. This page lists, in detail, the following information relevant to the regulation.

  • Exemptions
  • Employee communication and training
  • How to control employees’ wildfire smoke exposure

According to the wildfire smoke regulation, employers must protect workers from exposure to wildfire smoke when the air quality index (AQI) is greater than 150 due to the presence of particulate matter that is 2.5 microns or smaller. Thus, an AQI greater than 150 caused by ozone or other pollutants would not trigger the regulation. Agricultural employers can obtain information about current air quality conditions at the following websites:

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