California regulatory agencies have considered the chemical trichloroethylene to be a health hazard for some time. Now the federal Environmental Protection Agency has issued a finalized risk assessment of the chemical that identifies serious health risks for consumers using products containing TCE and employees working in industries utilizing it.
In November 2013, the Occupational and Health Administration proposed changing its workplace safety reporting procedures, making detailed workplace reports available to be viewed online. The proposed changes come at a time when the Obama administration has pushed for providing greater access to governmental data. By making the reports available publicly, OSHA would make them available for employees and safety inspectors in places throughout the country, including California, to read. The public would know about any company suspected of negligence or carelessness much more easily.