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Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) adopted by Cal/OSHA Standards Board

January 2, 2024

The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has made a landmark decision by unanimously adopting the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect workers in the stone fabrication industry from exposure to respirable crystalline silica), a crucial step in safeguarding worker health in the engineered stone fabricating industry.

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Position Statement: Preventing Occupational Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabricators

November 27, 2023

Position Statement: Preventing Occupational Silicosis in Engineered Stone Fabricators February 24, 2023 Introduction: The Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (WOEMA) is a non-profit association representing over 500 occupational medicine specialists…

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WOEMA Launches Silica Medical Exam Practitioner Roster

October 11, 2023

Self-Identified Medical Facilities Offering Silica Surveillance Exams WOEMA has launched an online roster of self-identified medical facilities offering silica surveillance exams.  We will be adding to this roster as more…

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Letter to Cal/OSHA Standards Board

February 13, 2023

February 15, 2023 To: Honorable Dave Thompson Chair, Cal/OSHA Standards Board Dear Mr. Thompson and Board Members: We are writing to urge the Cal/OSHA Standards Board to consider adopting an…

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On June 5, 2020, Cal/OSHA posted new guidance for employers and medical providers about delaying or deferring certain elements of surveillance examinations mandated under Cal/OSHA standards, because of potential risks of COVID-19 transmission. In particular, Cal/OSHA advises that certain non-urgent exam elements, including face-to-face examinations and spirometry, can reasonably be delayed when the risk of COVID-19 infection will likely outweigh the benefits of the examination. These guidance documents can be found at:

A complete listing of all CalOSHA guidance documents related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found at: