5 Tips To Avoid Hazardous Waste Violations
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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 seen adverse health effects such as impaired kidney function, nervous system, neurobehavioral effects and cognitive dysfunction later in life.
Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal that is associated with the manufacturing of paint. Common ways a worker can be exposed to lead are from dust and other particulates – created from moving parts such as doors – that are inhaled through the air. 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. First Response has the personnel and expertise available to provide turn-key abatement services, minimizing future employee exposure to lead paint.