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Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on revising the Lead Standards

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. A scientific symposium hosted by the University of California in November 2013 brought together medical, scientific and occupational health experts to discuss the science behind CDPH’s recommended revisions. On June 12, 2014, Cal/OSHA held an Advisory Meeting to discuss their possible revisions to the Lead Standards. CDPH will continue to provide input as Cal/OSHA proceeds with getting input from the public and revising the standards.

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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)Opens in new brower window

For more information on our work in this area, see California Occupational Blood Lead Registry

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