How To Protect Outdoor Employees From Wildfire Smoke
- The smoke from wildfires can travel thousands of miles away from its source, causing poor air quality across regions
- Workers, especially those who work in landscaping or agriculture, are at risk of respiratory problems, eye irritation, and other health issues when they spend extended periods of time outdoors in such conditions
- Employers need to monitor air quality and take necessary steps to protect employees, including modifying work schedules, providing respiratory protection, and offering training on how to recognize the signs of smoke-related health issues
- Smaller companies that cannot afford to invest in expensive air filtration systems can use portable air purifiers and relocate staff to places with better air quality if necessary
- Employers can also prepare for potential smoke exposure by creating an emergency response plan and reviewing it with all employees before the onset of wildfire season
Outdoor workers, particularly those in landscaping and agriculture, can suffer from respiratory problems and eye irritation due to poor air quality caused by wildfires. Employers need to monitor air quality, provide respiratory protection, and educate employees about the risks and signs of smoke-related health issues. Companies without access to expensive air filtration systems can use portable air purifiers and consider relocating staff if necessary. Furthermore, having an emergency response plan in place can help employers prepare for potential smoke exposure before the wildfire season begins.