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Rulemaking to Protect Employees from Unhealthy Levels of Wildfire Smoke

Heat and Smoke Listening Sessions

Oregon OSHA is holding two listening sessions to allow workers to share their thoughts and experiences on how the temporary rules for excessive heat and wildfire smoke are working. The two sessions are identical, and both sessions will have Spanish language interpreters available. Attendees will not have to give their name, the name of any employers, specific dates/times, or any identifiable information.

Tue, Sep 28, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 995-503-605

Wed, Sep 29, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 215-604-197

If you are unable to attend one of the two listing sessions, please feel free to share thoughts before October 8, 2021 with Ted Bunch or Tom Boziceivic at 503-378-3272 or via email at Theodore.Bunch@dcbs.oregon.gov or Tom.Bozicevic@dcbs.oregon.gov.


Sesións para escuchar sobre el calor y el humo

Oregon OSHA está llevando a cabo dos sesiones para escuchar y así permitir que los trabajadores compartan sus pensamientos y experiencias sobre cómo están funcionando las reglas temporales sobre el calor excesivo y el humo de los incendios forestales. Las dos sesiones son idénticas y ambas sesiones contarán con intérpretes en español disponibles. Los asistentes no tendrán que dar su nombre, el nombre de ningún empleador, fechas / horas específicas o cualquier información identificable.

Martes, 28 de septiembre de 2021 de 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/995503605

También puede marcar desde su teléfono.
Estados Unidos: +1 (571) 317-3112
Código de acceso: 995-503-605

Miércoles, 29 de septiembre de 2021 5:00 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/215604197

También puede marcar desde su teléfono.
Estados Unidos: +1 (872) 240-3212
Código de acceso: 215-604-197

Si no puede asistir a una de las dos sesiones mencionadas, no dude en compartir sus pensamientos antes del 8 de octubre de 2021 con Ted Bunch o Tom Boziceivic al 503-378-3272 ó por correo electrónico a Theodore.Bunch@dcbs.oregon.gov o Tom.Bozicevic@dcbs.oregon.gov.

Overview

On March 10, 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-04 (EO 20-04) that provides directives to certain state agencies in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and mitigate the impacts of climate change. EO 20-04 includes a directive to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon OSHA to jointly develop a proposal for standards to protect employees from workplace exposures to excessive heat and wildfire smoke. In response to EO 20-04, Oregon OSHA, in collaboration with the OHA, advisory committees, and stakeholders, will work towards developing two separate proposed standards.

Protection from Unhealthy Levels of Wildfire Smoke

Smoke from wildfires is composed of harmful gases and fine particles that can present a significant health hazard to workers exposed to it. These health hazards can continue after fires have been extinguished and cleanup activities begin. The potentially detrimental health effects from exposure to unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke can affect anyone, but workers with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or heart disease are at higher risk of serious or fatal health effects when their condition is exacerbated from exposure to wildfire smoke.

Contact Information:

Tom.Bozicevic@dcbs.oregon.gov

Theodore.Bunch@dcbs.oregon.gov

Meetings

Meeting Schedule: PDF  or Calendar 

Over the next several months, Oregon OSHA will be holding virtual meetings for both rulemaking efforts with advisory committees and stakeholders to gather information and begin drafting new occupational health standards on both preventing outdoor heat-related illness and protection from unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke. Stakeholders encouraged to participate in either or both rulemaking activities include, but are not limited to, individuals representing outdoor work operations such as crop-production agriculture, landscape construction and maintenance, wildland firefighting, forest activities, most construction, and demolition work. Meetings will focus on the following discussion points:

  • Identification of potentially harmful levels to worker exposures;
  • Engineering, administrative, and personal protection equipment controls to address potentially harmful exposures;
  • Employee training and instruction; and
  • Potential fiscal impacts of proposed rule requirements.

Minutes

Documents

September 16, 2021

August 16, 2021

August 2, 2021

July 6, 2021

June 23, 2021

May 26, 2021

May 6, 2021

April 8, 2021

March 25, 2021

March 4, 2021



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