Outdoor worker protections in effect June 15

 

Washington state outdoor heat exposure and wildfire smoke rules are in effect from June 15 through September 29, 2022, and may apply to University departments and units with personnel performing work in an outdoor environment.

  • Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) adopted an emergency rule to protect workers who are exposed to wildfire smoke on the job. The emergency rule provides protection for personnel working outdoors for more than one hour who may be reasonably expected to be exposed to wildfire smoke. University units must take action to protect personnel when Air Quality Index reaches 69 and 101. Refer to the Wildfire Smoke webpage for links to resources, training and more information.
  • Washington state outdoor heat exposure rules apply to personnel performing work in an outdoor environment for more than 15 minutes in any 60-minute period when the outdoor temperature reaches an action level (listed in Table 1) depending on the type of material worn. University units with personnel who work outdoors must plan, prepare, and train for heat-related illness. Visit the Outdoor Heat Exposure webpage for links to resources, training and more information.

Contact the EH&S Air Quality team at airquality@uw.edu or 206.543.7388 with questions.