OSHA Moves to Revise Standards for Lead Exposure

The beginning of this process includes an invitation for stakeholders to submit comments on rules reducing triggers for medical removal.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that it is beginning the process to revise standards for occupational exposure to lead. With new medical research highlighting the risks of lead exposure, OSHA is beginning the process of revising the blood levels that would trigger the removal of an adversely impacted individual from a particular site. OSHA is seeking not only to comment on levels that would dictate an individual’s removal from a workplace but also when it would be safe for them to return to work.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed new rule. The deadline to submit your comments is Monday, August 29th. If you have any questions about the new rule or a potential comment, please contact Justin Crandol, SMACNA’s Safety Director at jcrandol@smacna.org.