Stay smoke ready for wildfires, learn about heat illness, and a new study recruits cannabis users to learn about safety in the industry.
AirNow Fire and Smoke Map (above) provides data on levels of particle pollution (PM2.5) in the air during fires. See airnow.gov for location-specific information.
Smoke from wildfires spreads across the North American continent.
As wildfire conditions worsen in the Pacific Northwest, Washington L&I and Oregon OSHA have hosted multiple stakeholder meetings to discuss permanent rules related to workplace safety and health for wildfire smoke. While these discussions continue, Washington has filed emergency rules through November 2021 and Oregon is expected to do the same. Proper protective equipment, exposure controls, and training are needed for employees working in wildfire regions. For the most up-to-date resources from Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, see our wildfire smoke safety resources page and follow the #SmokeReady2021 and #BeSmokeSmart hashtags on social media.
#BeHeatSmart to Prevent Heat Illness in Agriculture
High temperatures this summer put Ag workers at increased risk for heat illness - a medical condition that if left unchecked, could lead to death. The U.S. Ag Centers have launched a new coordinated campaign to bring awareness of heat illness and promote best practices and resources for agricultural employers, supervisors and workers in English and Spanish. Use #BeHeatSmart to follow along on social media.
DEOHS is seeking cannabis users and non-users who do not work in the cannabis industry to participate in a research study, exploring potential health risks, including respiratory symptoms and cannabis allergy, associated with cannabis use. Seattle-area cannabis users and non-users interested in participating in this study can email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Read about the study in the Spokesman Review.
Looking for Survey Participants:
PestiSeguro / PestiSafe App
Participants in this 10 minute interview will receive a $15 gift card. If you work or grow cherry (sweet & sour), apples, pears, apricots, peaches, plums, grapes, blueberries, hops, potatoes, asparagus you are welcome to participate. The PestiSeguro / PestiSafe team is looking for growers, farm leaders, or decision makers who can help to determine a fair price for the app. Interviews are confidential and conducted by an independent consultant. Contact Idanis Cruz to participate, email@example.com.
Awards for Professional Training Opportunities Program
Applications for Professional Training Opportunities Program (PTOP) awards up to $10,000 are being accepted until August 23, 2021. Applicants are welcome from any discipline or field of study, including students earning associate’s degrees as well as undergraduate, graduate or post-doctorate degrees. Applications are also welcome from nonprofit staff and employees at organizations interested in developing expertise in occupational health and safety.