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Based on: 29 CFR 1910.1025: Lead

Languages: English

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Lead is a naturally occurring element that is a dull silver bluish color. It is dense, malleable, resists corrosion, and has a low melting point. Lead is sometimes found free in nature but usually combines with other elements to form lead compounds. Due to the high density of lead, it is used as a shield from the radiation given off by X-ray machines and nuclear reactors. Its resistance to corrosion makes lead a good candidate for lining containers and tanks that hold corrosive materials such as acid. This training will cover a brief history of lead usage, and will also describe the potential dangers and preventive measures for dealing with lead containing materials.

Lead Awareness

Training Time: 16 minutes

Before you cut, grind, or burn through any painted surface at work or at home, better make sure you know what you're dealing with. Protect yourself and your team from unintentional lead exposure with this course that defines what lead is and provides information on its history and usage, reduction efforts, lead exposure, effects, detection and treatment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and prevention methods.

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Work areas with dangerous amounts of lead should have warning signs. Don’t disturb materials in these areas.

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Lead is present in many old paints—be cautious before scraping painted surfaces.

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It’s a good idea to use PPE to avoid lead exposure during some job tasks.

Lead Awareness FAQs

What is lead?
A naturally occurring element, dull silver in color, that’s been used in many industrial and manufacturing processes and consumer products (but less so over time).

What are the properties of lead that make it useful?
It is dense, malleable, corrosion-resistant, and it has a low melting point.

Where can one find lead?
Lead can be found in old pipes, paint, solder, old gasoline, auto batteries, and other sources.

What’s bad about lead exposure?
It can cause stomach aches, diarrhea, low energy, anemia, high blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, nervous system disorders, loss of memory, birth defects, miscarriages, impotency, and sterility. Children are especially vulnerable, and lead can cause developmental disorders and learning disabilities.

What are the two main exposure methods?
Ingestion—taking it in through your mouth—and inhalation—breathing it in.

What is a permissible exposure limit (PEL), an action limit (AL), and a time weighted average (TWA)?
The PEL is the maximum amount of lead a worker can be exposed to in an 8-hour period. The AL is the amount of employee exposure at which the employer must begin monitoring exposure; and the TWA is the amount of exposure in a given eight-hour day divided by eight.

What are the best ways to work with lead?
First, try not to—substitute other materials. Second, try engineering controls, such as tools with vacuums. Next, try administrative controls, such as reduced shifts. And finally, use personal protective equipment (PPE).

What type of PPE should one use when working in areas with lead exposure?
Coveralls, face shields, gloves, goggles, and respirators should be considered. Changing rooms and showers are also good ideas.

Lead Awareness

  • Describe lead
  • Describe the uses of lead in industry, manufacturing, and consumer products
  • Describe what happens if you are exposed to lead and its effects
  • Identify lead permissible exposure limits (PEL)
  • Describe how to detect for lead
  • Describe lead elimination and exposure control best practices
  • Identify proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with lead
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