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Ignoring Lead Safety Regulations Cost Several Companies Up to $10K

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Ignoring Lead Safety Regulations Cost Several Companies Up to $10K

Dozens of small businesses located throughout the Midwest were caught violating the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting and lead-disclosure rules. An inspection sting caught contractors, property owners and workers ignoring these two rules and for that, the companies were fined up to $10,000.  However, inspectors fined two contractors in Missouri and Kansas an estimated $90,000 for failing to protect workers from lead dust.

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Industry anticipates that inspectors will reach other regions of the country in response to the number of companies out of compliance.

Why is lead so bad?  Lead is known to cause developmental and behavioral problems amongst children.  Workers who are exposed to lead dust or fumes may expose their children when they return home after work by having lead dust on their clothes or equipment.

Overexposure to lead caused by inhaling or ingesting lead dust and fumes causes lead poisoning in adults and children.  Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, and constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Declines in mental functioning
  • Pain, numbness, or tingling of extremities
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Fertility issues in both men and women, including harm to fetuses

Luckily, there are administrative and engineering controls for employers to utilize and limit  worker exposure to lead.  Make sure employees receive lead awareness training as part of their new hire or annual refresher safety training.  Additionally, employers can opt to substitute lead-based materials for less hazardous materials, isolate and create a containment area where lead exposure is most prevalent, and use ventilation systems to capture lead particles.

Need Lead Awareness Training?  Contact an SRP Safety Trainer Today! Call Us at 866.222.4972 For More Information.

Established in 1996, SRP Environmental has become turnkey consulting firm offering environmental, health and safety solutions to organizations in construction, manufacturing, agricultural, oil and gas, healthcare and property management industries.  SRP has seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh to better serve their clients.

Tier II Reports Are Due March 1st

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Tier II Reports Are Due March 1st

It is that time of year again: Tier II Reporting Time.   Between OSHA and EPA regulations, companies have quite a few deadlines throughout the year.  SRP Safety and Environmental Consultants are here to help you keep everything organized and up-to-date.

Tier II, also known as Community Right to Know, Reports are due March 1st.

A Tier II is required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), sections 311 and 312.    Generally, if you have over 10,000 pounds of hazardous materials at any facility, you must submit a Tier II.  However, there are hazardous materials that have much lower thresholds.   Hazardous materials can be identified by obtaining information from a products’ Safety Data Sheet.

A Tier II Report includes information on all hazardous materials including amount stored on site, hazardous ratings, type of storage containers, etc.   This information is then passed on to state and local emergency departments including first responders and the fire department, as well as emergency planning committees.   This information is critical for first responders to know in the event a catastrophic event happened at your facility.  Knowing what is inside a facility and how to handle the hazardous materials can save many lives within the community.

Keep in mind that Tier II Reports are mandated at the state and local levels, therefore it is best to check State Reporting Requirement and Procedures.

Need Help Documenting Hazardous Materials?  Contact an SRP Environmental Consultant Today!  Call Us at 866.222.4972.

Established in 1996, SRP Environmental has become a premier turnkey consulting firm offering environmental, health and safety solutions to organizations in construction, manufacturing, agricultural, oil and gas, healthcare and property management industries.  SRP has seven convenient locations in Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Honolulu, Midland, Shreveport and Pittsburgh to better serve their clients.