November 27, 2022

Volume XII, Number 331

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Cal/OSHA Mandated to Update Heat Illness and Wildfire Smoke Standard

At the end of the California legislative session, Governor Newsom signed a myriad of employment law bills, including Assembly Bill (AB) 2243, which requires Cal/OSHA to submit to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board a proposal to consider revising the heat illness standard and the wildfire smoke standard for farm workers to reduce the Air Quality Index (AQI) for PM2.5 to 301 or greater for the provision of respiratory protective equipment.

Under AB 2243, Cal/OSHA must submit to the board a rulemaking proposal before December 1, 2025. The bill was strongly opposed and remains controversial because it circumvents the normal rulemaking process.

These revisions come at a time when Cal/OSHA is considering an Indoor Heat Safety Standard and already has robust heat illness and wildfire smoke standards.  

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2022National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 278
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Sean Paisan is Of Counsel in the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on workplace safety and health (OSHA), data privacy, and traditional employment matters, including litigation and counseling.  

Sean’s first exposure to OSHA regulations occurred during his undergraduate studies while working for a construction company that helped build Disney’s California Adventure. After attending law school and working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the United States...

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