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CA Safe Cosmetics Program launches searchable cosmetic product database

The California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) collects data from cosmetic companies on products that contain a chemical ingredient known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. Website visitors can now search the CSCP database for specific products, brand names, or chemical ingredients. The new website also has useful information for workers and consumers who use cosmetics about how exposure to chemicals can affect health.

CSCP searchable product database

For more information on our work in this area, visit CA Safe Cosmetics Program


CDPH Occupational Lead Program recommends health-based Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for lead in workplace air

The Cal/OSHA lead standards are based on lead toxicity information that is now over 30 years old. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently made a recommendation to Cal/OSHA for a new Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) based on the low level health effects literature and modeling of the relationship between air lead levels and blood lead levels. For more information:

Recommended Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for Lead (PDF)Will open in new browser window CDPH letter to Cal/OSHA

Estimating Workplace Air and Worker Blood Lead Concentration using an Updated Physiologically-based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Model (PDF)Will open in new browser window Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), Cal/EPA (California Environmental Protection Agency)

Health professional summary (PDF)Will open in new browser window  |  General public summary (PDF)Will open in new browser window

Recommendations for improving the Cal/OSHA Lead Standards web page with all CDPH recommendations, background information, and Cal/OSHA Advisory Committee meeting link

Preventing work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Workers who disturb soil containing the Coccidioides immitis fungus and work in dusty outdoor areas are at risk for Valley Fever. Over 1000 Californians are hospitalized with this illness every year. About eight of every 100 people hospitalized with it die from the infection annually. Yet workplace health and safety plans often do not even mention Valley Fever, despite the fact that the illness can be disabling or fatal. Workers can be protected against this disease by the use of dust control measures and appropriate personal protective equipment. Now OHB has a web page featuring our prevention materials.

Preventing work-related Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) – Web page


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