Recently, newsletters have been circulating to auto industries highlighting the toxic effects of hexane, a chemical commonly found in brake cleaners. The toxic effects such as peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves) from exposure to n-hexane have been known for over two decades. The safe exposure limits for hexane specified by governmental agencies has also been 50 ppm for a while.
Civil & Criminal Penalties Increased for OSHA Violations
On October 5, 1999, Governor Davis signed into law a bill which increases the civil and criminal penalties for willful, serious and repeat violations of occupational safety and health (Cal-OSHA) standards. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2000, which gives the district attorneys more flexibility to prosecute as either a misdemeanor or a felony, willful violations of safety standards which result in a death or permanent/prolonged impairment.