Exposing the Facts: Lead Exposure in the Construction Industry
The video presentation is designed to show the viewer how to work safely around lead in the construction industry.
The video presentation is designed to show the viewer how to work safely around lead in the construction industry. Length: 16 minutes
Construction operations that create potential exposure to lead include but are not limited to the following:
• Flame-torch cutting, welding, and grinding of lead painted surfaces in repair, reconstruction, dismantling, and demolition work.
• Abrasive blasting of bridges and other steel structures containing lead-based paints.
• Using torches, heat guns, and sanding machines during abatement of residential lead based paint.
• Maintaining process equipment or exhaust ductwork.
• Spray painting bridges and other structures with lead-based paints and primers.
• Using solder in plumbing and electrical work
How lead gets into our body:
Physical: Affects on the body
• Exposure levels
• Short term and long term affects
Monitoring lead levels on the worksite:
• Prior to work beginning
• After work begins
• Deal with the way you work and the equipment and materials you have on the worksite
• Selection of materials
• Equipment to minimize release of lead particles
• Encapsulating the lead
• Non-lead based materials
Work Practice Controls:
• Understanding how overexposure can occur and basic guidelines to avoid it.
• Proper Housekeeping
• Storage of Lead Waste
• Clean areas for employees