Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) - What's New
Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on revising the Lead Standards set for November 10, 2015
The Cal/OSHA lead standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now over 30 years old. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has made health-based recommendations for revisions to the standards. Cal/OSHA has convened an Advisory Meeting to seek advice on revised discussion drafts of possible changes to the standards. Both the General Industry and Lead in Construction Standard will be discussed at the meeting.
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Winter Newsletter - New Cal/OSHA Lead Hazard Language
Updated Cal/OSHA standards (Title 8 CCR 1532.1, 5198, 5194) have changed how employers must warn their employees about lead hazards. Lead work area signs and labels for lead-contaminated clothing and equipment must now include specific language about central nervous system and reproductive health effects of lead. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) must also include new language. Employers must comply with the new labeling rules by June 2015 and the new signage rules by June 2016. The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) has developed signs and warning labels to help employers comply with these new requirements. OLPPP’s 2015 Lead in the Workplace newsletter alerts employers to the new requirements and offers the new OLPPP materials for free.
Lead Warning Signs and Labels - print, download, and get tips for using the new signs and labels
Lead still a health concern for California workers – New data report
According to a new report from the California Occupational Blood Lead Registry, thousands of California workers are still being exposed to lead and have elevated blood lead levels. These workers are at risk for serious long-term effects on their health. While employers in many industries provide mandated blood lead level testing for their employees, there is still significant under-testing in industries where lead is a known hazard. Despite this limitation, the data we collect provide valuable information. For example, among those who test, employers in some industries are much more successful than others in protecting their workforce from lead on the job.
To read the full report, see: Blood lead levels in California workers, 2008-2011 (PDF)
For more information on our work in this area, see California Occupational Blood Lead Registry
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