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.
Revising the Workplace Lead Standards: At-A-Glance (PDF) - brief summary of the scientific background, CDPH recommendations, and next steps in revising the standards.
CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions
Cal/OSHA Advisory Meeting on revisions to Lead Standards set for June 12, 2014 - agenda and Cal/OSHA drafts of possible changes to the lead standards
Symposium: Lead in the Workplace – The New Science INCLUDES VIDEO STREAM
– Symposium on the science behind the CDPH’s recommended revisions to the Cal/OSHA lead standards. Web page with video streams and PowerPoint presentations by each speaker, videos of expert panel and audience discussion. (November 2013)
Other information on the scientific basis for CDPH/OLPPP lead standard recommendations
Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program home page
Occupational Health Branch home page