Recommendations for improving the Cal/OSHA Lead Standards
The Cal/OSHA lead standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now over 30 years old. Current medical information clearly demonstrates harmful effects of chronic and low-level exposures to lead in adults, at levels well below those currently allowed by the standards.
The CDPH Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) has reviewed the scientific information and made health-based recommendations to Cal/OSHA for revising its General Industry Lead Standard and Lead in Construction Standard for the protection of workers who are exposed to lead on the job. CDPH is currently participating in the Cal/OSHA (Division of Occupational Safety and Health) Advisory Committee process for revising the Lead Standards.
CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions
Information on the scientific basis for CDPH/OLPPP recommended revisions to the lead standards
For information on the Cal/OSHA (California Division of Occupational Safety and Health) meetings regarding proposed changes to the Lead Standards visit:
Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program home page
Occupational Health Branch home page