Tag: lead

Lead Exposure

OSHA’s 40-Year-Old Lead Standard Is Far Short of Protective

Worker safety advocates, scientists, and some state OSHA authorities have been contending for years that OSHA’s permissible exposure levels (PELs) for lead in the workplace are inadequate to protect workers from the multiple adverse health effects associated with the metal.

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Indoor Firing Range Employees Face Increased Lead Exposure

With the recognition that exposure to lead in the workplace can cause a host of short- and long-term illnesses, many industrial sectors have phased out its use and found substitutes. That still leaves many other sectors—at least 22, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)—where workers are more likely to inhale […]

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Lower Lead Dust Exposure Standards Proposed by EPA

Citing evidence that no level of lead in the blood of children is safe, the EPA has proposed to lower its current dust-lead hazard standards for floors and windowsills. Specifically, the Agency is seeking to lower the current dust-lead hazard standards, which was established in 2001, from 40 micrograms per square foot (µg/ft2) and 250 […]

Water Bill Passes Senate

On September 15, 2016, the Senate passed S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), by a vote of 95 to 3. While a great deal of the bill is directed at improving the ability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to undertake navigation, flood management, and ecosystem restoration projects, the bill […]

4 Chemical Exposures to Assess Before Remodeling and Renovation

Are you finally getting around to renovating that office building? Planning to repurpose that quality control lab built in the 1950s? Updating your electrical wiring and incidentally updating other aspects of the building’s interior? If you’re going to start ripping up and replacing things, “taking it down to the studs,” or otherwise remodeling and renovating […]