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Disaster Prep: Wildfires

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September 21, 2020

In this installment of Disaster Prep, we focus on wildfires and guidelines to help you prepare your property.

How can you prepare for a wildfire if you live or work in a high risk area?

The answer is to have a strategy that includes the information, tools and resources needed to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from a wildfire event.

Wildfires are not completely preventable; however, following property risk control guidelines will help you prepare your property in the event of a wildfire.

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Protecting workers from wildfire smoke

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards passed a ruling on July 29, 2019 intended to address workers exposed to wildfire smoke and was adopted by Cal/OSHA as a subsection of 5141 “Control of Harmful Exposure to Employees”. Due to the ongoing wildfire season in the state, it has been extended until January 20, 2021.

Though this regulation is specific to California, it may be prudent that all areas subject to wildfires consider these steps in light of OSHA’s (federal and state) General Duty Clause requiring employers to “assure a safe and healthful workplace” for employees.

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