lead exposure

Control Lead Exposure. Keep Workers Safe & Avoid Costly Fines

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In case you missed it…National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) started October 22, 2017.  NLPPW aims to educate communities, families, organizations and government entities about the risks associated with lead poisoning among children and adults.

OSHA estimates that approximately 804,000 workers in general industry and an additional 838,000 workers in construction are potentially exposed to lead. Workers are commonly exposed to lead as a result of the production, use, maintenance, recycling, and disposal of lead material and products.

Of course respiratory protection should always be used, but  personal protective equipment may not be enough.   Because lead exposure is dangerous, employers must implement engineering and administrative controls to minimize employee exposure to the greatest extent possible. Engineering controls can include substituting the use of lead with a less hazardous material, isolating exposure areas, or using ventilation systems.   Administrative controls include polices and procedures, general housekeeping, personal hygiene guidelines, and lead awareness training.

If you suspect the presence of lead based paint or lead dust, DO NOT attempt to remove it yourself.  Always contact a professional to inspect materials that may contain lead.  Also, call a certified lead abatement contractor to remove the materials.

Want to learn more about lead exposure?  Download an SRP Toolbox Guide here.

Have Concerns About Lead?  Call SRP Today to Schedule a Lead Survey or Lead Awareness Training for Your Workers. Call Us At ( 866) 222-4972 or email us below.

 

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.