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January 25, 2018

Cal/OSHA’s new Silica standard took effect in June, 2017, and has been enforced since Fall 2017.  The standard contains a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) as well as new requirements for medical surveillance.

Workers who inhale fine crystalline silica particles are at increased risk of developing serious silica-related diseases, including:

Go Green for the Holidays

December 05, 2017

This holiday season, join the CDC in promoting sustainability with its “Go Green for the Holidays” suggestions (  The season of giving can be an opportunity to give responsibly and with care for the environment.  How you wrap gifts, which types of decorations you hang, and how you shop can positively impact your environment and your community.  Here are some of the CDC’s sustainable holiday ideas:

Lead Poisoning is Preventable!

October 27, 2017

This week is the California Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22-28). Many workers are still exposed to lead on the job, and may risk inadvertently exposing their families to lead when bringing home lead dust from work on clothes, shoes, or tools. In work environments with lead, employees can prevent exposure with careful personal hygiene such as washing hands at break times and changing clothes prior to leaving the worksite. Click on the links below to learn more about working safely around lead:

Occupation-related Asthma

September 26, 2017

According to AAALAC International, Allergic reactions to animals, occasionally resulting in the development of occupation-related asthma, are among the most common conditions that adversely affect the health of personnel in the animal research environment. It is estimated that the prevalence of allergies in animal care workers range from 10% to 44%. Preplacement screening evaluations, attention to facility design, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment can reduce the potential development of laboratory animal allergy and possibly alter its severity.

Fragrances and Asthma

September 11, 2017

Two decades of data from California suggests that being exposed to fragrances at work can increase one’s chance of developing asthma or trigger a flare-up of pre-existing asthma. Fragrance exposure may occur with the use of air fresheners or when coworkers use fragrances for personal care.

Coccidioidomycosis/ Valley Fever

July 26, 2017

This month, the California Department of Public Health brought attention to a potentially serious health risk for California outdoor workers in the Central Valley. Valley Fever (or, coccidioidomycosis) can affect workers who dig in the soil. It is a fungal illness caused by inhaling spores found in soil in parts of the Southwestern U.S. Employers in these areas are encouraged to help prevent Valley fever by training employees, taking measures to control dust, and suspending outdoor work during heavy winds.

June is National Healthy Homes Month

June 08, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is celebrating National Healthy Homes Month this month.  Paying attention to both indoor air quality and physical hazards can contribute to our wellness.  Some of HUD’s recommendations to create a safe and healthy environment inside our homes include:  

CDC’s May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month”

May 23, 2017

This month, the CDC is raising awareness about hearing.  Loud noise exposure may occur in the workplace, at home, at loud concerts, sports events, or even the movies.  To prevent hearing loss, protect yourself by becoming aware of your surroundings.  Turn down loud music and take breaks from listening to loud music.  Wear hearing protection (foam plugs or ear muffs) when you know you are going to be around loud noise.  Your hearing is precious—protect it.

Heat Illness Prevention

April 03, 2017

Do you know the 4 basic steps to preventing heat-related illness?

According to Cal/OSHA, employers are required to PROVIDE:

Cal/ OSHA Posting Requirements

March 23, 2017

As part of its on-going injury prevention efforts, Cal/OSHA has issued a reminder to employers to post their annual summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses in a visible and accessible location at each worksite.  Employers have until April 30th to post these summaries, and are required to post Form 300A even if no injuries occurred.  Cal/OSHA intends for this posting to increase awareness and understanding about how injuries occur, and hopefully, reduce future injuries.  For more information on posting requirements, visit the DIR:

Occupational Health News

March 23, 2017

Welcome to the Medical Surveillance Program's Health News Page where we’ll keep you up to date on all of the latest occupational health news.