Lead Poisoning is Preventable!

Flake paint wall with danger sign attached

This week is the California Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 22-28). Many workers are still exposed to lead on the job, and may risk inadvertently exposing their families to lead when bringing home lead dust from work on clothes, shoes, or tools. In work environments with lead, employees can prevent exposure with careful personal hygiene such as washing hands at break times and changing clothes prior to leaving the worksite. Click on the links below to learn more about working safely around lead:

http://mailchi.mp/cdph/lead-prevention-2017

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CCDPHP/DEODC/OHB/OLPPP/Pages/LeadResources.aspx

Employers should be knowledgeable about Cal-OSHA’s lead standards:

§5198. Lead. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/5198.html for general industry

§1532.1. Lead. https://www.dir.ca.gov/title8/1532_1.html for the construction industry