Environmental Health and Safety

News & Announcements

Spring and Summer Outdoor Safety

Many of us are ready to enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the extended daylight hours.  To help you fully enjoy the great outdoors and avoid unnecessary illness and injuries, here is some helpful information.

New OSHA Regulation Relating to Wildfire Smoke

Cal/OSHA recently passed an emergency regulation regarding protecting employees from wildfire smoke. The mandatory appendix to this regulation describes the health effects of wildfire smoke, how to obtain air quality information, how the University will communicate air quality information to the campus community, and how to properly use an N95 mask.

Employee Protection from Wildfire Smoke (PDF)

Preparing Your Home for Wildfire Smoke

Is your home or business ready for wildfire smoke? The Butte County Air Quality Management District (PDF) (BCAQMD) and Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) would like to remind community members that wildfire smoke in Butte County is possible throughout the dry season.

To learn more on how to protect yourself from wildfire smoke, please visit the BCAQMD (PDF)  Wildfires and Air Quality.

Press Release (PDF) from BCAQMD and BCPHD.

Prevent Heat Related Illness

Sudden changes from cool to warmer weather increases the potential for heat related illness, because the body has not had time to acclimate and can become stressed.  Heat stroke can be fatal, however, is preventable.  Learning about acclimatization, hydration, and awareness can prevent you and your family from heat related illness.

Tips for Preventing Heat Related Illness - Center for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus (WNV)

Mosquitos are here!  West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne virus, the best way to prevent getting the virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.  Did you know that mosquitos can breed in only a tablespoon of water?  Learn more about WNV prevention.

West Nite Virus - Butte County Public Health Department 

Dangerous Cold Water

While air temperatures are increasing our streams and rivers are cold.  Swift water and cold temperatures lead to drowning accidents every year.  Protect yourself and others by learning more about cold water safety

Cold Water Safety - California Department of Parks and Recreation

Outdoor Grilling and BBQ

For many it is a time to heat up the grill and enjoy warmer evenings.  Do not let burns or an accidental fire ruin the food and your fun.  Learn more about outdoor grilling with these safety tips.

Grilling Safety - National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)