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Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) is a part of the California Department of Public Health's Occupational Health Branch. OLPPP provides services  to prevent and reduce lead poisoning in California workplaces, including tracking blood lead levels in adults; investigating work-related lead poisoning cases; and providing information and technical assistance to employers, workers, physicians, and others.

What's New at OLPPP?

OLPPP to begin reporting elevated blood lead levels to Cal/OSHA

Starting January 1, 2020, new legislation requires OLPPP to notify Cal/OSHA when we identify a workplace where a worker has a blood lead level of 20 micrograms per deciliter or higher. Cal/OSHA is required to open an enforcement inspection promptly at these workplaces. Blood lead testing provides the best evaluation of how well a lead safety program is working. Employers can prepare for this change by providing blood lead testing for workers now.

New deadline to revise Cal/OSHA lead standards

Cal/OSHA had a legislative deadline to update the occupational lead standards by September 30, 2020. Due to delays resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this deadline was not met. We will update this website when we learn the revised timeline. Updated lead standards are likely to result in more stringent requirements for a workplace lead safety program. Email if you would like to be notified when formal rulemaking begins.

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