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Recommendations for Improving the Cal/OSHA Lead Standards

The Cal/OSHA lead standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now 40 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) reviewed the scientific information and made health-based recommendations to Cal/OSHA for revising its General Industry Lead Standard and Construction Industry Lead Standard for the protection of workers who are exposed to lead on the job. OLPPP participated in the Cal/OSHA (Division of Occupational Safety and Health) Advisory Committee process for revising the Lead Standards. See below for details and supporting documentation.

CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions

Lead in Construction Industry:

Lead in General Industry:

Cal/OSHA Advisory Meetings on Occupational Lead Exposure – Cal/OSHA drafts of possible changes to the lead standards, meeting minutes, and future announcements

The scientific basis for CDPH/OLPPP lead standard recommendations

  • Symposium: Lead in the Workplace – The New Science (Includes Recorded 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)

  • Integrated Science Assessment for Lead – technical report produced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Report includes a summary and evaluation of the research on the health effects of low-level lead. (June 2013) 

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