Monday, October 16, 2017

The Air District is issuing a Health Advisory & Spare the Air Alert through Wednesday, October 18, due to unpredictable air quality in the Bay Area. Unhealthy air quality from the wildfires continues to plague the North Bay counties as well as other parts of the Bay Area. Due to active wildfires and changing wind patterns, air quality throughout the Bay Area could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable.

Spare the Air Status

Remote work allows employees that have the flexibility to do so to work offsite, usually from their homes. Extending remote work options for employees after the COVID-19 shutdown orders are lifted can improve traffic congestion, help maintain our air quality progress, reduce employer and employee costs, and mitigate climate impacts.

The Air District's Remote Work Policy Clearinghouse web page includes information on the mobility, air quality, and health benefits of remote work for elected officials, private businesses, and public agencies.

Offering a formalized remote work policy can be mutually beneficial to both employees and employers. These benefits include:

  • Cleaner air and reduced climate impacts
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Saves money and time spent in traffic
  • Improved employee recruitment, retention, and productivity
  • Money saved on commercial real estate and parking facilities
  • Enhanced employee wellness and work-life balance
  • Enhanced opportunities for persons with disabilities
  • Resiliency - provides a blueprint to continue business during a crisis

View Remote Work Policy Clearinghouse web page.

Last Updated: 10/17/2017