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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 over 30 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) has reviewed the scientific information and made health-based recommendations to Cal/OSHA for revising its General Industry Lead Standard and Lead in Construction Standard for the protection of workers who are exposed to lead on the job. CDPH is currently participating in the Cal/OSHA (Division of Occupational Safety and Health) Advisory Committee process for revising the Lead Standards.

New publication Revising the Workplace Lead Standards: At-A-Glance (PDF) - brief summary of the scientific background, CDPH recommendations, and next steps in revising the standards.

CDPH/OLPPP Recommendations for Cal/OSHA Lead Standard Revisions


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

Symposium: Lead in the Workplace – The New Science INCLUDES 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)


Other information on the scientific basis for CDPH/OLPPP lead standard recommendations




Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program home page

Occupational Health Branch home page

Last modified on: 2/9/2017 3:20 PM