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What's New at the Occupational Health Branch

New free online course for occupational medicine providers

The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in OHB is pleased to offer Adult Occupational Lead Poisoning in California for Occupational Medicine Providers, designed for physicians who oversee employers’ lead medical programs, reviews the epidemiology of lead poisoning in California, toxicology, sources of exposure, health effects, clinical management, and the state public health role in preventing occupational lead poisoning. Since many occupational medicine providers were trained before data on the harms of low-level lead exposure emerged, this course also reviews efforts to update the Cal/OSHA lead standards, as well as the legal context of the evolving lead standards and physician responsibilities under the lead standards.

For more information on our work in this area, see Medical Management of Lead-Exposed Workers web page. See other free CMEs offered by CDPH.

Work-related injuries: Costly and preventable

Every year, thousands of California workers are injured on the job or become ill as a result of health hazards at work. These work-related hazards are preventable and having the necessary data to track them is the first step to helping workers stay safe and healthy. The Occupational Health Branch compiles data on worker health and safety to guide our efforts to make the workplace safer for all Californians.

To read the full report, see: California Occupational Health Indicators, 2008-2013 (PDF).

California workers still exposed to lead at harmful levels

A new report from the California Occupational Blood Lead Registry presents data on adult blood lead levels (BLLs) in California. According to the 2012-2014 data report, more than 6000 workers had elevated BLLs - now defined by health agencies as 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter(µg/dL) and higher. Long-term exposure at elevated levels puts adults in a wide range of industries at an increased risk for adverse health effects. The report also highlights the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program's efforts to improve worker protection.

To read the full report, see: Blood lead levels in California workers, 2012-2014 (PDF)

Cosmetics containing ingredients linked to cancer or reproductive harm

This report summarizes the cosmetics product data reported since the launch of the California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) online reporting system. CSCP also provides an online searchable database to give the public access to the information.

To read the full report, see: Cosmetics Containing Ingredients Linked to Cancer or Reproductive Harm: Data Reported to the California Safe Cosmetics Program 2009 - 2015 (PDF)

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