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Air Quality Resources and Tips

Here are some resources and tips to stay informed and healthy during periods of poor air quality.


Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Center for Disease Control on the health impacts of wildfire smoke

California Department of Public Health on use of masks during wildfires

Purple Air monitoring data for the Lab

What You Can Do

Sensitive Groups: (those with a lung-related medical condition, such as asthma, emphysema or heart disease)

  • Follow your personal doctor’s directions, and seek care in a timely manner if you have symptoms or concerns.
  • Avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
  • Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling them.

All Employees:

  • Reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
  • Take more breaks during outdoor activities.
  • If you have any symptoms of concern, come to Health Services, Building 26, for a consultation.

Managers and Supervisors:

  • Limit employees’ outside activities.
  • Keep building windows closed.
  • Just as we do with our current telecommuting program, please consider remote work for your employees as needed.  Please be aware that this is a regional air quality issue and working off-site may or may not offer any relief from possible unhealthy air conditions.

Lab Actions:

  • Where possible, the amount of outside air being delivered to our buildings is being reduced.
  • We will continue to monitor this situation and update the Lab community as substantive developments occur.