New regs expected on protecting employees from wildfire smoke

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Under proposed emergency regulations, many employers in California, including those in the rental housing industry, would soon need to change the way they monitor wildfire smoke and the precautions they take to protect employees.  

The proposals would require businesses with employees vulnerable to wildfire pollution to use different criteria to gauge pollution levels, and when levels are hazardous, provide additional equipment, such as mandatory dust masks.  

The health threats of wildfires carry far beyond the fires themselves. Wildfire smoke contains pollutants that can cause everything from eye irritation to reduced lung function. Individuals can experience such effects as far as 300 miles from the smoke-impacted area.  

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