Nearby wildfires can result in poor air quality in the Willamette Valley. When this occurs, the university monitors local air quality to assess impact on operations and implements controls protective of employee health. Guided by the UO Wildfire Smoke Exposure Control Program, supervisors will share mitigation steps and safety precautions with exposed employees. For more information on real time air quality, visit AirNow. AirNow measures many airborne pollutants. The Air Quality Index (AQI) used to evaluate smoke is PM2.5.
On May 10, 2022, Oregon OSHA adopted rule OAR 437-002-1081 Protection from Wildfire Smoke. This rule is effective July 1, 2022. The new rule outlines a series of requirements to reduce the likelihood of employees having a wildfire smoke related illness or injury. Supervisors and employees both have responsibilities to meet under the new regulation. Please take the online training to understand your role in preventing injuries and illnesses from wildfire smoke exposure.
If you'd like to request an instructor-led session, please contact the UO Occupational Health & Safety Officer, Justin Zunker.
Additionally, UO has issued Wildfire Smoke Air Quality Guidance for UO hosted outdoor events and activities during times of diminished air quality due to wildfire smoke.
- Haily Griffith, Occupational Health & Safety Manager (P) 541-346-2962
- Justin Zunker, Occupational Safety Officer (P) 541-346-0780
- Kersey Bars, Occupational Health & Safety Specialist, (P) 541-346-0815
- Michelle Gillette, Ergonomic & Safety Coordinator (P) 541-346-8084