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Health concerns arise as smoke from numerous wildfires worsens across the state

PMG PHOTO: COLIN HYATT - The State Accident Insurance Fund issued a set of guidelines last week in order to reduce the prevalence of smoke-related illness in the workplace.

The State Accident Insurance Fund (SAIF) issued a set of guidelines last week in order to reduce the prevalence of smoke-related illness in the workplace.

"This was already a difficult time for Oregon businesses and we know wildfire smoke is now another significant concern," David Johnson, industrial hygiene supervisor at SAIF, said. "There are simple things any business can do to reduce the impact the poor air quality has on employees."

According to SAIF it is important to shut windows and reduce airflow from outside as the air quality is hazardous. Some households or businesses may need to change their HVAC filter as well.

Avoid working outside if possible and refrain from expending too much energy. Remain in consistent communication with employers and monitor communication channels such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. Cut down on other sources of air pollutants, like cooking indoors, or smoking and burning fuel outdoors.

Masks can be helpful, the N-95, N-99 and N-100 are the most effective at filtering smoke.

For more information, visit www. HYPERLINK "http://www.saif.com/prepare" saif.com/prepare.


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