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New California Law Protects Workers From Toxic Lead Poisoning

Last night Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a powerful measure that will help California protect workers from toxic lead poisoning. With his signature, the governor has directed health officials to automatically refer cases of high blood lead levels in workers for review and possible action.  Environmental Working Group sponsored Assembly Bill 35 by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose). It will ensure that workers who are exposed to high levels of lead poisoning are made known to the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA. It requires the division to conduct a workplace safety investigation to determine the cause of the lead exposure and help businesses correct the cause of the lead poisoning. The bill also requires any citations and fines imposed by Cal/OSHA following completed investigations to be made publically available each year.  Read more.....



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