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New wildfire smoke rule goes into effect Jan. 15

TUMWATER – The state Department of Labor and Industries is imposing a new rule regulating workers’ exposure to smoke from wildfires.

On Jan. 15, the agency’s new rule requires employers to have train employees on the hazards of smoke, monitor smoke levels and ensure workers have access to prompt medical attention.

The new rule will be in effect year-round, not just during fire season.

“With our changing climate, we know the threat of wildfire smoke isn’t a short-term problem,” said agency Division of Occupational Safety and Health Assistant Director Craig Blackwood said.

The new rule requires...


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