Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
There were a number of changes to workplace regulations that have taken effect in the last year, and the California Chamber of Commerce is warning that more are on the way for 2020.
According to the CalChamber’s Alert publication, exposure to lead, wildfire smoke and indoor heat in the workplace will receive more scrutiny from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA)
Cal/OSHA has until Sept. 30 to pass new lead standards. They are expected to make significant reductions to the amount of permissible lead exposure in the workplace. The regulations are expected to raise employer costs by $248 million a year.
Wildfire Smoke Protection
Emergency regulations requiring employers to monitor air quality for particulate matter and provide respirators for employers under certain conditions are expected to be extended permanently. Employers are asked to voice their concerns about costs in the middle of the year as modifications are considered by the Cal/OSHA Standards Board.
Businesses will likely be obligated to reduce temperature and maintain “cool-down” areas when the indoor work area temperature exceeds 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Those regulations are expected to come this year, but may not see any action until late 2020 at the earliest.