Lead is a natural metal that is malleable with a blue-grey color that comes from the Earth’s crust. Lead can be used as a standalone metal or combined with others to make an alloy as well as in a chemical state. The number one use of lead in the U.S. is found in the manufacturing of car batteries (lead-acid rechargeable batteries). Lead, though, is found in many of our piping, ammunition, building materials, cable covering, solder, radiation shielding, collapsible tubes and fishing weights. Lead exposure occurs primarily through inhalation of lead-dust which can lead to illness and injury including: neurological effects, gastrointestinal effects, anemia, and kidney disease. OSHA regulations 29 CFR 1910.1025 and 29 CFR 1926.62 limit the exposure (permissible exposure limit - PEL) of lead a worker can experience in an eight-hour session to 50 µg/m3.1
These micro-learning clips are designed to help learners understand what are the effects of exposure to lead, what are the lead risks assessment procedures, how to properly control lead exposure in construction industry, how to establish a lead compliance program, proper hygiene practices & facilities in preventing lead exposure and what is a lead exposure medical surveillance program. Lead is a necessary metal used in many supplies worker in the industrial environment engage with - knowing the safety precautions will save lives.