OSHA Proposes to Revise Lead Exposure Standard

Posted by: CMR July 1, 2022 No Comments

On June 28, 2022, OSHA published an advance notice of proposed rule-making (ANPRM) to revise its standards for occupational exposure to lead. This revision comes after recent medical research on workplace lead exposure shows adverse health effects that can occur in adults at lower blood lead levels than previously recognized. The current OSHA lead standards will be modified to reflect the proper amounts.

OSHA is requesting that public comments on the proposal be submitted by Aug. 29, 2022.

Revision Overview

OSHA is seeking public comment for the revision of both the general industry and construction industry standards to reduce the triggers for medical removal protection and medical surveillance as well as prevent harmful health effects in workers exposed to lead more effectively.

OSHA is specifically asking the public to comment on the following areas of the lead standards:

  • Blood lead level triggers for medical removal protection
  • Medical surveillance provisions, including triggers and frequency of blood lead monitoring
  • Permissible exposure limit
  • Ancillary provisions for personal protective equipment, housekeeping, hygiene and training

The ANPRM will also gather comments on current employer practices that address workplace lead exposure, associated costs and other areas of interest.

Employers subject to the lead exposure standards should review the ANPRM and submit any comments by Aug. 29, 2022.

Source – Zywave, Inc.

Author: CMR

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