Air Quality Index and Health
The Air Quality Index helps people know when safety precautions are necessary. When air quality is in the green or yellow zones, few health effects are expected. When the AQI reaches the orange level, the air is unhealthy for sensitive groups, including those with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children. At red or higher, the air is unhealthy for everyone, even those with no prior health concerns. The likelihood of health problems is increased in the purple or maroon zone; the highest precautions are essential.
Those with chronic health conditions should closely watch their symptoms. Those with lung disease like asthma and COPD should especially monitor shortness of breath. Call your doctor or seek emergency medical care if symptoms worsen.
Related to smoke events, a list of requirements for OSU employees contained within the Oregon OSHA temporary rule can be found here.
Summary of Requirements: Employees - Supervisors
Other air quality health Resources