How to Properly Control Lead Exposure in Construction Industry

This 3 minutes safety training video covers: What are the three main categories of potential lead exposure, what are the tasks need to be done when the exposure is ten times the PEL, what are the tasks need to be done when the exposure is up to 50 times the PEL, what are the tasks need to be done when the concentrations generate more than 50 times the PEL, who will provide appropriate PPE according to category of exposure to lead, what are the different situations of air monitoring lead concentrations, what are the informations you need to be aware of regarding the results of air monitoring.

Video Transcript

If lead is present in any amount your employer is required to measure actual lead levels in the air where you work. Air samples representing an entire shift are collected in each work area and your personal exposure maybe monitored, until this air monitoring proved otherwise certain construction jobs are assumed to expose to lead above the permissible exposure or PEL. If lead coating are present you must be protective against exposure in excess of 500 micrograms per cubic meter if you are using lead containing motor, lead burning, cleaning power tools without dust collection systems and moving or removing abrasive blasting enclosures. You must be provided with the level of protection that is appropriate. Anytime air monitoring shows level above the PEL your employer will begin testing properly.