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Wildfire Recovery – OHS Information for employers

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

Fire may create new hazards like contamination from harmful substances on surfaces, soot or exposure of hazardous building materials such as asbestos and blockages.

Wildfire Recovery – OHS Information for workers

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

Before you go back to work, your employer must ensure fire damaged buildings are safe before workers enter the structure.

Wildfire Recovery – Removal of debris from completely or substantially burned structures

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

Ash and burned debris from structures completely or substantially burned from fires may contain hazardous substances, such as heavy metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), asbestos and dioxans/furans.

Wildfire Recovery – Sample Health Screening Questionnaire

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

This resource is a questionnaire developed to help employers determine if a workers is fit to work in areas where there is a high chance of exposure to smoke.

Wildfire Recovery – Structurally compromised structures

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

Before any workers enter these structures, employers must ensure the structural integrity of the building has been evaluated and the power and gas is off.

Wildfire Smoke - OHS information for workers and employers

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*** New occupational health and safety laws came into effect on June 1, 2018. The OHS resource below may not have been updated to reflect the current legislation. For more information on the new requirements, visit OHS changes.***

This publication discusses wildfire smoke as a workplace hazard, potential health effects, risks and controls.