Section B Procedures

Use these procedures when employee exposure assessment shows average airborne lead level will be above the 30 ug/m3 Action Level and below the 50 ug/m3 PEL for the work day.

Exposure Assessment

All affected employees must be notified of air monitoring results within 5 days of receiving them.
Re-monitoring is required every 6 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

None required.

Respiratory Protection

None required. Recommend voluntary respirator program using half face masks/HEPA filters.

Protective Clothing and Equipment

None required. Recommend wearing coveralls or disposable tyvek suits.


Keep all surfaces as free of lead as possible using methods that minimize airborne lead.

Hygiene Facilities and Practices

No special precautions are required.

Medical Surveillance

Initial medical surveillance required for employees with lead exposures at or above 30 ug/m3 for 30 or more days a year.
If respirators used, need respirator physical.

Employee Information and Training

Communicate lead hazard as required per Hazard Communication Standard, including warning signs, labels, MSDS, and information and training.  Also provide the following information in training:

  • Content of lead standard and appendices.
  • Specific nature of operations that can cause lead exposure above action level.
  • Purpose, selection, fitting, use, and limits of respirators.
  • Medical surveillance and removal program and health effects of excessive lead exposure.
  • Relative engineering and work practice controls including good work practices of Appendix B.
  • Contents of any compliance plan in effect.
  • Instruction that chelating agents should not be used routinely and only under doctor direction.

Employee access to records

Make copy of standard and appendices available to affected employees.
Provide all information and training materials requested to affected employees, representatives, and OSHA.


None required


Written documentation of exposure assessment must be kept in department records.
Maintain medical surveillance records and any medical removal records.
Written documentation of any voluntary respirator program must be kept.

Observation of Monitoring

Provide affected employees or their representatives the opportunity to observe lead monitoring.
Without interfering with monitoring observer can:

  • Receive explanation of measurement procedures.
  • Observe all steps related to monitoring.
  • Record or receive a copy of laboratory results.