American Wood Council informed that the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) Standards Board had declined a staff proposal to lower the existing permissible exposure limit (PEL) for wood dust from 5 milligrams per cubic meter to 1 milligram per cubic meter after testimony from the AWC. The Standards Board asked Cal/OSHA to restart the rulemaking.
According to the announcement, AWC has been engaged in the process for the last several years and coordinated a small coalition, which included several allied trade associations, to oppose the proposal.
Stewart Holm, AWC Chief Scientist, commented:
“Cal/OSHA staff had not generated sufficient information to claim the 1 milligram per cubic meter level was feasible to achieve. A PEL of anything less than 2 would force many workers to wear respirators, contrary to the hierarchy of controls.”
Earlier AWC appointed a new Vice President, Government Affairs.