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Occupational Health Watch: October 2018

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 21-27

Scraping-paint-protective-gear-300x250 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week reminds us that lead poisoning on the job remains a widespread and serious health concern for thousands of workers in California [see our 2012-14 report (PDF)].

The Division of Occupational Health & Safety (Cal/OSHA) expects to have a pre-rulemaking package for updating California's Lead Standards to the Standards Board by the end of 2018, with an opportunity for public comment possible in 2019. To learn more about Cal/OSHA's standard setting process, visit Steps to Develop an Occupational Health Standard.

The CDPH Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is now offering free, in-person, and online continuing medical education (CME) courses for health care providers that highlight medical management guidelines for lead exposed workers. To schedule an in-person course, contact us at (866) 627-1587 or email the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (

Photo: Employers must take steps to protect workers from lead.


Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Social Media Toolkit – CDPH web page with ready-to-share posts for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Resources – CDPH web page

Receive notification for public comment and review the draft revised lead standards - Cal/OSHA web page

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