Dangers of ozone explained in brochure, open house

CHEYENNE - Ozone gas exposure can be a danger in some workplaces, but there are warning signs to look for before it reaches dangerous levels.

In the Upper Green River Basin, oil and gas industrial activity emissions coupled with specific weather conditions has periodically given rise to ambient air ozone levels in January through March. To help inform the public, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hosting a Pre-Winter Ozone Season Update on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Sublette County Weed & Pest building at 12 South Bench Road in Pinedale. It will be an open house format with multiple stations to provide one-on-one engagement to answer questions and exchange information. The update will be open from 6-8 p.m. More information is available here.

To compliment the DEQ efforts, a new handout from the Department of Workforce Services explains the warning signs, health symptoms, exposure limits and exposure control strategies for ozone in the workplace, including oil and gas development sites. The brochure can be found here or by contacting the Department of Workforce Services Occupational Epidemiology Program at (307) 777-7671.

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