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Oct 31, 2019
Cal/OSHA Advises Employers to Protect Workers Against Smoke from Wildfires

http://www.esrcheck.com/wordpress/2019/10/30/cal-osha-protect-workers-from-wildfires/

On October 27, 2019, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) – an agency more commonly known as Cal/OSHA that helps protect the health and safety of employees in California workplaces – advised employers to protect workers from harmful exposure if the air quality is unhealthy due to the smoke from the wildfires in Northern and Southern California.

Source: ESR

Sep 27, 2019
Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires

https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires

This website, provided by the USEPA provides resources for workers and the public related to risks related to wildfires, including smoke.

Source: EPA

May 29, 2018
What Wildland Fire Fighters Need to Know about Rhabdomyolysis

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2018-131/default.html

Rhabdomyolysis (often called rhabdo) is the breakdown of damaged muscle tissue that releases proteins and electrolytes into the blood. These things can damage the heart and kidneys, result in permanent disability, and can even be fatal! Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by exertion and becoming overheated.

Source: NIOSH

May 16, 2018
The Mysterious Long-Term Effects of Inhaling Smoke from Forest Fires

https://psmag.com/environment/what-is-smoke-from-forest-fires-doing-to-your-lungs

For residents of Seeley Lake, Montana where the geography is maximally suited to retain smoke, impacts of wildfire smoke inhalation is a serious concern. While the short-term health impacts are alarming, they are, at least, easily studied. On the other hand, physicians know almost nothing about the chronic and long-term effects of such events.

Source: P/S

Jan 12, 2017
Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management Council

https://www.fs.fed.us/fire/safety/

Forest Service Fire Operations Risk Management CouncilWildland Fire Operations Risk Management Council serves to facilitate and promote wildland firefighter safety.

Source: USFS

Jan 12, 2017
Wildfires

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/index.html

More and more people make their homes in areas that are prone to wildfires. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk.

Source: CDC

Jan 12, 2017
Wildfires

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/index.html

More and more people make their homes in areas that are prone to wildfires. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk.

Source: CDC

Sep 01, 2015
Oregon Smoke Information

http://www.oregonsmoke.blogspot.com

This site is an effort by many city, county, tribal, state and federal agencies to coordinate and aggregate information for Oregon communities affected by wildfire smoke.

Source: PNW Smoke Cooperators

May 01, 2015
2015 Oregon Wildfires Fact Sheet

http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/docs/PIO/Oregon%20Wildfires%20Fact%20Sheet%202015.pdf

Wildfires cause damage to life and property with extreme impacts to the economy. This year, continuing drought conditions in southern, eastern and central Oregon have led to greater risk of wildfires.

Source: OEM

Jun 01, 2012
NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Fighting Wildfires

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/firefighting/?s_cid=3ni7d2fb0613201210230pm

NIOSH offers resources for fire departments, fire fighters, and partner organizations to prevent injury, illness, and death in the line of duty from hazards associated with fighting wildfires

Source: NIOSH