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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?

California's revision of the occupational lead standards

The Cal/OSHA lead standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now 40 years old. Updated research shows that chronic and low-level lead exposures that are allowable under the current standards are harmful to adults. Revising the Workplace Lead Standards: At-A-Glance (PDF) gives an overview of the revision process as well as CDPH's recommendations.

There are 20 steps involved in developing an occupational health standard. You can follow the progress of the new lead standards on the Department of Industrial Relations website.

You can request a presentation from OL PPP about the current lead standards revision process and how you can get involved by contacting olppp@cdph.ca.gov.

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