Cal/OSHA Decides not to Lower Permissible Wood Dust Exposure

January 26, 2017

The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board ruled against a staff proposal to lower the existing permissible exposure limit for wood dust from 5 milligrams per cubic meter to one milligram.  The American Wood Council (AWC), of which KCMA is a member, argued that Cal/OSHA did not have sufficient evidence to claim the one millimeter per cubic meter level was possible to achieve and would force many workers to wear respirators.  Cal/OSHA will now restart the rulemaking.  
 
Betsy Natz, CEO, KCMA, traveled to California at the end of October to argue the feasibility and economic impact of the rule.  It is very uncommon for a rule to be rejected at the staff proposal level, so this is a huge win for KCMA and AWC.   Read the full release here.