Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. According to recent OSHA studies, workers today are still being exposed to lead. Even at blood levels below OSHA’s 1978 lead standards, workers have experienced adverse health effects such as impaired kidney function, nervous system, neurobehavioral effects and cognitive dysfunctions later in life.
Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that is associated with the manufacturing of paint. Workers can be exposed to lead from dust and other particulates inhaled through the air – this dust and particulates in the air are can come from simple things like moving parts such as doors.
Also, renovation and maintenance activities such as sanding, cutting, and demolition may create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. Other exposure risks are coming into contact with lead-contaminated soil as well as handling clothing or any other materials contaminated by lead.
Because of the health risks associated with lead exposure, lead abatement should only be performed by persons certified competent in the removal of lead-based paint. Tradebe has the personnel and expertise available to provide turn-key abatement services, minimizing future employee exposure to lead paint.