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Washington State moves forward with wildfire smoke rulemaking

Stakeholder meeting to be held June 18

Posted June 11, 2021

Washington State is moving forward with a rulemaking to protect outdoor workers from wildfire smoke and will hold a hearing on a draft emergency standard June 18. Some of the issues that may be addressed are:

  • Identification of harmful exposures
  • Communication
  • Training and instruction
  • Control of harmful exposures

The Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) says it recognizes the hazard of wildfire smoke exposure is increasing every year and presents potential health risks to all outdoor workers, including those in construction and agriculture. L&I also received a petition for rulemaking.

The virtual stakeholder meeting will be held June 18 from 1-3PM. Registration is available on L&I’s website.

This article was written by Rachel Krubsack of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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