Another business-stifling bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 18, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblymember Bill Monning (D-Santa Cruz) has introduced AB 553, which would, in effect, replace the current approach taken by California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (Cal-OSHA) Standards Board and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s to build consensus when setting Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL’s) with a rigid mandate of using the lowest quantitative risk assessment of several environmental agencies.

This bill is a reincarnation Assemblymember Sally Lieber’s (D-Mountain View) AB 815 in 2006 and AB 515 in 2007, which both failed passage.

The proposed process will allow PEL setting to escape transparency and due process, prevent independent review by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, sets risk tolerance levels for public exposure rather than occupational exposure, does not account for feasibility and practicality and eliminates the use of Threshold Limit Values published by the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists.

AB 553 is intended to result in lower PEL’s than industry should ordinarily be required to meet, creating higher and unreasonable employer compliance costs and yet another impediment for California business.  The bill has made the CMTA Environmental Quality Committee’s Top 25 highest priority legislation with an oppose position.

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