May 2nd 2018
MEDIA ALERT- AIHA Issues Letter to Oklahoma Governor on Wildfire Aftermath
What: On May 2, 2018, AIHA President, Deborah Imel Nelson PhD, CIH, issued a letter to the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, offering resources on wildfire response, assistance, and recommendations for protecting the health and safety of residents and recovery workers.
Who: The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) was founded in 1939. It is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 8,500 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia. More information is available at www.aiha.org.
Why: The impact of wildfires to public health, property, and the environment is felt by those in the immediate burn zone and can extend several hundred miles away. Communities downwind from the fire may be affected as feather-light ash and other smoke components produced by the intense heat of the combustion are lofted into the air and travel great distances by prevailing winds. These potentially hazardous materials remain in and traverse the atmosphere for varying lengths of time, resulting in widespread and prolonged public exposures. Wildfire particles can both migrate and infiltrate into the built environment through open doors and windows, on shoes and clothing, through the ventilation system and unperceived gaps in the building envelope.
Where: The letter can be found here.