From EHS: Supervisor Flexibility During Poor Air Quality Events

The university is committed to the health and safety of its employees. This is of special concern during times of poor air quality, where heightened awareness of conditions is warranted. During these times we should do our part to ensure that our employees are taking appropriate precautions to avoid respiratory distress. Within the bounds of policy, regulation, and bargaining unit agreements you, as supervisors, are encouraged to allow flexibility in your approach to work during these times. Some possible options for support of your employees may include, but not be limited to:

  • Reschedule heavy physical work (especially outdoors) for a time of better air quality
  • Flexible work schedules to allow for work when there is better air quality
  • Temporary movement of work to an area of better air quality
  • Allowing the worker to take appropriate leave time
  • Teleworking
  • Purchase of air filters for the work area *
  • In the case of medical need, formal medical accommodation should be discussed with HR

Awareness of employee concerns during times of poor air quality is critical. You should maintain open communication and frequent check-ins with your employees to ensure that their concerns are heard and appropriately addressed.

Your actions on behalf of the safety and health of your employees are greatly appreciated.

*Please note- WWU's Office of Environmental Health and Safety has a limited number of air filters for emergency loan and may not have any available. Plan accordingly.