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AB-457 Occupational safety and health: lead: permissible exposure levels.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/13/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 13, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 457


Introduced by Assembly Members Quirk and Smith
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Kalra and Mark Stone)

February 11, 2019


An act to add Section 6717.5 to the Labor Code, relating to lead exposure levels.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 457, as amended, Quirk. Occupational safety and health: lead: permissible exposure levels.
Existing law authorizes the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (board) to adopt, amend, or repeal occupational safety and health standards and orders, as prescribed. Existing law requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the Department of Industrial Relations, known as Cal-OSHA, to propose to the board for its review and adoption, a standard that protects the health and safety of employees who engage in lead-related construction work and meets all requirements imposed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Existing regulations promulgated by the division require an employer to ensure that an employee is not exposed to lead at concentrations greater than 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an 8-hour period.
This bill would require Cal-OSHA to complete conduct rulemaking, in conjunction with the standards board, as specified, to establish a revised permissible exposure limit for lead in complete the rulemaking and adopt the lead standards in the regulations described above by no later than February 1, 2020. The bill would authorize the adoption of emergency regulations by the standards board as necessary to implement these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 6717.5 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

6717.5.
 (a) The division shall complete conduct rulemaking in conjunction with the standards board, consistent with Sections 142.3 and 6717, to establish a revised permissible exposure limit for lead in complete the rulemaking and adopt the lead standards of the general industry safety orders (Section 5198 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations) and the construction safety orders (Section 1532.1 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations) by no later than February 1, 2020.
(b) Emergency regulations may be adopted by the standards board as necessary to implement this section.