Wausau, WI

Smoke-filled skies from distant wildfires can affect outdoor employee health. Here’s what to do.

Key Points:

Understanding the Impact of Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke can have a serious impact on the health of outdoor workers, causing respiratory issues and other problems. Employers should be aware of the risks and take steps to protect their workers.

Using AQI to Determine Safety

The air quality index (AQI) can be used to determine when it is unsafe for outdoor workers to work due to poor air quality. Employers can access AQI information online or through local news sources to make informed decisions about when to have employees work outside.

Protecting Workers from Wildfire Smoke

Employers should have a plan in place for when air quality is poor. This may include providing protective gear, moving work indoors, or rescheduling workdays. Indoor spaces should also have proper ventilation and air filtering to keep employees safe during poor air quality conditions.

In Conclusion

Outdoor workers can face serious health risks from exposure to wildfire smoke. Employers should stay informed about air quality conditions and have a plan in place to protect their workers, whether by providing protective gear, moving work indoors, or rescheduling workdays. Proper ventilation and air filtering in indoor spaces can also help keep employees safe.