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Occupational lead poisoning prevention program

About the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP)


Lead poisoning continues to be a significant problem in the U.S. and elsewhere. While lead poisoning does occur in adults outside the workplace, most adults are exposed to lead on the job. Despite a decrease in blood lead levels in the general population, thousands of men and women in the U.S. still work under conditions that can cause blood lead levels high enough to harm their health.


The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) in the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) was established by legislation in 1991 to provide services aimed at preventing and reducing lead poisoning in California workplaces.


We are dedicated to improving the health of lead-exposed workers in California's lead industries through public health prevention activities. In accomplishing this mission, we work cooperatively with employers, workers, unions, industry associations, health professionals, community-based advocacy groups, and the public.

Program Funding

OLPPP is supported by fees paid by employers in industries where lead is used, altered, or disturbed.

Program Activities:

  • Identify lead-poisoned workers and help them get proper medical care

  • Help workers avoid carrying lead home on their clothes and poisoning their families

  • Assist employers to improve their lead safety practices

  • Provide information to help doctors, nurses, and others who care for lead-poisoned workers

  • Track adult blood lead levels to find out who is exposed to lead in California

  • Help clinical labs comply with adult blood lead reporting requirements

  • Recommend more protective occupational health and safety standards

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