Respondents to a construction industry survey called for an industrywide mandate on when to pause work due to toxic air quality caused by wildfire smoke.
Currently, no law or mandate requires individual contractors to halt work due to poor breathing conditions. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor OSHA have mandates on when outdoor work should cease due to hazardous air quality, though OSHA did advise contractors to monitor conditions and make decisions in the best interest of safety.
But that guidance isn’t enough, according to Shannon Garrett, business owner of Hage Electric & Construction Services, based in The Dalles, Oregon.
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