Lead is considered a toxic substance and exposure can result in adverse health effects. Lead is an accumulative poison, meaning the body cannot rid itself of lead and concentrations build-up in the body each time the employee is exposed. Lead poisoning can cause damage to the brain, kidneys, liver and other vital organs.
Lead means lead, lead alloys and lead compounds that can enter the human body through inhalation, ingestion or any other means of absorption.
Exposure to lead in the workplace is governed by the Lead Regulations, OHSAct (85 of 1993), and requires that employers must ensure the following:
- Conduct a lead health risk assessment every two years.
- Carry out air monitoring by an Approved Lead Inspection Authority every year.
- Zone the area as a respirator zone where the measured concentration exceeds the occupational exposure limit.
- Implement engineering control measures, administrative control measures and / or use of personal protective equipment and facilities to prevent or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately control the exposure risk presented to employees.
- Provide medical surveillance for exposed employees.
OCSA is an Approved Lead Inspection Authority for the evaluation of employee exposure to airborne lead and can assist your business to comply with statutory requirements. Recognized sampling methodologies are used to evaluate employee exposure to airborne lead in the workplace.
Upon completion of the project, we provide you with a confidential report detailing accurate results, reasons for non-conformances, as well as recommend actions that should be implemented to prevent or control the lead exposure risk presented to employees.
OCSA can provide you with the following lead surveys:
- Building inventory of lead containing materials and an assessment of potential health risks.
- Supervision and air monitoring during lead work.