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Cal/OSHA Revises the Proposed PEL for Wood Dust

Tuesday, February 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Cal/OSHA has proposed a reduction in the PEL for Wood Dust and Western Red Cedar. The original proposal was to reduce Western Red Cedar from 2.5 to .5 mg/M3. The proposal for all other wood dust was to reduce the PEL from 5 to 1 mg/M3. At the Cal/OSHA Standards Board meeting on January 19, 2017, representatives of the American Wood Council gave an excellent presentation on the problems involved if the PEL for regular wood dust is reduced to such an extent. Bruce Wick spoke in support of the American Wood Council, and reminded the Standards Board members that every unnecessary regulation in scope or cost emboldens the underground employers, and gives those unscrupulous employers even greater economic leverage. The board voted down the proposal at the meeting. A very quick turnaround resulted in a revised proposal of a PEL of 2 for regular wood dust and a PEL of .5 for the Western Red Cedar. 


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