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Lead Poisoning is Still a Health Hazard for Construction Workers

Health Hazards

Lead Poisoning is still a thing?

Apparently lead poisoning is really still a thing, and don't just take our word for it...

Recently we were on OSHA's website looking for updates to new regulations and performing some fact checking for our safety topics when we stumbled on this old blog headline: We Know How to Prevent Lead Poisoning. So Why Weren’t These Workers Protected?

(unfortunately the article isn't available anymore but OSHA has replaced it with many other resources)

Contains Lead, Sign on Tank

The blog post told the story about how an OSHA investigated some complaints filed against a company where workers "had been torching, cutting and removing material known to be contaminated with lead paint." It turned out pretty bad for that company and even worse for the workers who had lead exposure up to 20 times the safe limits.

OSHA Standard 1926.62(c)(1) The employer shall assure that no employee is exposed to lead at concentrations greater than fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 ug/m3) averaged over an 8-hour period.

Often in construction we focus on physical hazards such as crushing, struck-by, falls, and electrocutions. However, we can't afford to miss the sneaky little health hazards that we need to pay attention to because they can sorely affect our own and our workers health.

It's one of the reasons why we've written a series of weekly safety articles dedicated to health hazards such as lead, bloodborne pathogens, silica dust, carbon monoxide, and more.

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