Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

CHEMICAL / HAZARDOUS MATERIAL SAFETY
5.25
New 12-99
Environmental Health and Safety
335-3041

Lead Safety

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POLICY
Only trained personnel may remove or disturb any lead-containing materials.

Promptly report any release of lead to Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S); telephone 335-3041. All lead releases are to be cleaned up by personnel who have received lead awareness training.

The purpose of this policy is to provide employees and students with protection from lead hazards, and to comply with state and federal regulations.
HEALTH HAZARD
Once ingested or inhaled, lead may cause kidney, reproductive, nerve, and other physiological damage.
LEAD MATERIALS HANDLING

Possible Lead-Containing Materials
The following items may contain lead:
Contact EH&S for guidance in working with lead-containing materials.
Sampling
An EPA-approved lead inspector must sample all suspect lead-containing materials prior to any disturbance, including maintenance, remodeling, and demolition. Contact Facilities Services, Operations to arrange for sampling.
Trigger Tasks
Trigger tasks are tasks that disturb lead-containing materials. The University presumes that employees performing trigger tasks are overexposed to lead until air monitoring proves otherwise.

Trigger tasks include:
Contact EH&S for assistance before initiating any trigger tasks involving lead-containing materials.
Training
All employees who perform any of the trigger tasks listed above must receive annual lead awareness training. EH&S provides training upon the supervisor's request. Lead awareness training includes information concerning:
Air Monitoring
Air samples are to be taken during trigger tasks to determine actual lead exposure. Contact EH&S to arrange air monitoring.
Personal Protective Equipment
All employees engaged in any of the trigger tasks on lead-containing materials must:
Contact EH&S for respirator selection, fit-testing and training.

If air monitoring shows that employee exposure is less than the action level of 30 micrograms per cubic meter (30 mg/m3), personal protective equipment is not required. Contact EH&S for results of previous air monitoring.
Work Practices
Employees working with lead-containing materials must minimize dust and lead contamination.

Lead contamination control measures:
Contact EH&S for additional information on working with lead-containing materials.
Medical Surveillance
All employees who perform trigger tasks on or with lead-containing materials must have annual blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin testing. Supervisors are to contact Human Resource Services (HRS) to arrange for employee medical surveillance testing.

Supervisors must also provide EH&S with a list of affected personnel annually.
SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Supervisors of employees who perform any of the trigger tasks listed above must:
In addition, supervisors are responsible for ensuring that employees who perform trigger tasks:
EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES
Employees who perform any of the trigger tasks listed above are responsible for ensuring that they:
WRITTEN PROGRAM
EH&S maintains the complete written lead management program and a current copy of applicable state and federal regulations.