Use these procedures when employee exposure assessment shows average airborne lead level exceeds the PEL, with levels between 50 ug/m3 and 500 ug/m3 for the work day, and for the following operations when an initial exposure assessment has not been performed:
disturbing a lead-coated surface by manual scrapping,sanding, or demolition of the structure; heat gun applications; power tool cleaning with dust collection systems; or spray painting with lead paint.
All affected employees must be notified of air monitoring results within 5 days of receiving them.
Include a statement that exposure was above 50 ug/m3 (PEL) and describe corrective action to reduce exposure to below that level.
Re-monitor every 3 months or if conditions change such that lead exposure levels may increase.
May discontinue monitoring if 2 consecutive tests 7 or more days apart are below 30 ug/m3
Must re-monitor after discontinuing if changes may result in higher employee exposure levels.
Methods of Compliance
Implement all feasible engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain exposure at or below 50 ug/m3.
If exposure not below 50 ug/m3 with controls, supplement with respirators.
Establish a written program that is revised and updated every 6 months and includes necessary elements per OSHA regulations.
Maintain mechanical ventilation as necessary.
If used, establish and implement administrative controls including assessing their reliability.
Ensure good work practices from OSHA 29 CFR1926.62 Appendix B are followed.
Provide, at a minimum, a NIOSH approved half-face air purifying respirator with HEPA cartridges at no cost to employee.
Provide PAPR when employee chooses it and it provides adequate protection.
Perform medical surveillance on each respirator user.
Ensure respirator fits properly and has minimum leakage.
Perform initial and then annual fit test for tight fitting respirators following 29 CFR 1926.62 Appendix D.
Have respirator program per 29 CFR 1910.134.
Protective Clothing and Equipment
When lead exposure causing skin or eye irritation, provide at no cost and require use of:
- Appropriate full-face respirator.
- Coveralls or similar fully-body work clothing.
- Gloves, hats, and shoes or disposable shoe coverlets.
- Face shields, vented goggles, and other appropriate equipment per 1910.133.
- Provide clean protective clothing at least weekly, daily if exposure over 200 ug/m3.
- Provide for cleaning, laundering, or disposal of PPE.
- Repair or replace PPE to maintain effectiveness.
- Employees remove work clothing at end of shift in change areas provided.
- Contaminated clothing into closed container for cleaning, or disposal.
- Inform laundry of potential harmful effects of lead exposure.
- Containers of contaminated clothing and equipment are properly labeled.
- Prohibit lead removal from PPE by blowing, shaking, or any method that disperses it into the air.
Keep all surfaces as free of lead as possible using methods that minimize airborne lead.
Shoveling, dry or wet sweeping, and brushing ARE ONLY used if vacuuming and other effective methods were tried and found not effective.
Use vacuums with HEPA filters; use and empty in a manner to minimize reentry of lead.
No compressed air to remove lead except with an adequate ventilation system to collect the dust.
Hygiene Facilities and Practices
No food, beverage, tobacco, or cosmetics allowed or used in areas above 50 ug/m3.
Clean change areas with separate storage of work and street clothes to prevent contamination is required for employees.
Ensure employees do not leave workplace wearing clothing or equipment required during the Work shift.
Provide showers where feasible when exceed 50 ug/m3. Have workers shower at end of work shift, provide towels and cleaners.
Provide readily accessible lunchroom or eating areas as free of lead contamination as feasible.
Make sure workers wash hands and face prior to eating, drinking, smoking, or applying cosmetics.
Workers do not enter lunchroom or eating areas wearing PPE unless surface lead dust was removed.
Hand washing facilities
Provide adequate hand washing facilities for exposed employees.
Where no showers are present, ensure employees wash hands and face at end of shift.
Make initial medical surveillance available to exposed employees.
Provide employee results of biological monitoring within 5 days of receipt.
Notify employee with a blood lead exceeding 40 ug/m3 of temporary medical removal.
Other issues to be determined with medical provider include medical exams and consultations, possible use of chelating agents, and medical removal protection.
Medical evaluation for respirator use.
Employee information and training
Communicate lead hazard information and training to employees per Hazard Communication Standard, including warning signs, labels, MSDS, and information and training. Also provide initial and annual training on the following:
- Content of lead standard and appendices.
- Specific nature of operations that can cause exposure to lead above action level.
- Elements of respirator program and purpose, proper selection, fitting, use, and limits of respirators.
- Medical surveillance program, medical removal protection program including adverse health effects of excessive lead exposure (reproductive effects, fetus hazards, and pregnancy precautions)
- Engineering and work practice controls associated with job assignment including relevant good work practices in OSHA 29 CFR 1926.62 Appendix B.
- Contents of any compliance plan in effect.
- Instruction that chelating agents should not be used routinely and only under doctor direction.
- Employee right to access records.
Access to information and training materials
Make copy of standard and appendices available to affected employees.
Provide all Communicate lead hazard information and training to employees per Hazard Communication Standard.
Post the following clear legible warning sign where lead exposure exceeds 50 ug/m3:
Illuminate and clean signs as necessary so readily visible.
Maintain the following records as required by OSHA:
- Exposure assessments.
- Exposure assessment monitoring.
- Objective data for exemption from initial monitoring requirement.
- Information demonstrating lead not released at or above 30 ug/m3 under any expected use.
- Maintain records until no longer needed but at least 30 years.
- Medical surveillance .
Written documentation of respirator program and fit tests must be kept.
Availability of records: make available to employees, former employees, employee representatives, and OSHA.
Transfer records to successor employers and to OSHA if no successor employer.
Notify OSHA 3 months before disposal of records.
Comply with requirements of 29 CFR 1910.20(h).
Observation of monitoring
Provide affected employees or designated representatives opportunity to observe lead monitoring.
Observer can enter regulated area if required provided he/she complies with safety and health procedures and uses appropriate PPE provided by employer.
Without interfering with monitoring observer can:
- Receive explanation of measurement procedures.
- Observe all steps related to monitoring.
- Record or receive copy of laboratory results.