Are You Being Exposed
to Second Hand Smoke (SHS)
On the Job?
California's Labor Code prohibits smoking tobacco in all indoor worksites. The code does not prohibit smoking outdoors. Fully 50% of construction work occurs outdoors and construction workers are frequently exposed to SHS.
California's Air Resources Board, which is part of the Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA). Has just released a scientific report that concludes that SHS is a "Toxic Air Contaminant." They will begin the rulemaking process in January to regulate exposure to SHS, possibly including outdoor worksites. The report is not available on the web at: www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/ets/finalreport/finalreport.htm .
If you are concerned about your exposure to SHS on the job - indoor or outdoor - you should document it with OSHA. This form can be filed anonymously.
OSHA 7 Online Complaint Form - Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards