NSC expo
Subscribe or Register
View Cart  

Earn recertification points from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals by taking a quiz about this issue.

What's Your Opinion?

Should employers' injury and illness data be made public?

Take the poll and add your comment.

Vote   Results


 

Does your CEO 'Get it?'

Tell us why on the submission form and your CEO could appear among the 2017 selections.

Get the news that's
important to you.

Sign up for Safety+Health’s free monthly newsletters on:

  • Construction
  • Health Care Workers
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining, Oil and Gas
  • Office Safety Tips
  • Transportation
  • Worker Health and Wellness
  • Subscribe today

    Report finds OSHA Lead Standard inadequate

    December 5, 2012

    Tags
    • / Print
    • Reprints
    • Text Size:
      A A

    Washington – OSHA’s general industry Lead Standard (1910.1025) does not adequately protect workers from a variety of health problems, including those related to the nervous system, kidneys and heart, according to a new report from the National Research Council.

    At the request of the Department of Defense, an NRC committee examined whether the current OSHA standard protects against health risks from lead exposure among firing range personnel, who are recurrently exposed to lead through handling of ammunition, maintenance of ranges and inhalation of lead dust caused by gunfire.

    After examining evidence from various studies that found several health problems can result from blood-lead levels as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter of blood, the committee concluded the current OSHA limit of 40 micrograms of lead is too high for both firing range employees and all other workers covered by OSHA’s general industry standard. Additionally, due to the association between air concentrations and blood-lead levels, the committee believes OSHA’s limit of 50 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air is likewise inadequate.

    NRC is a part of the National Academies, an independent nonprofit organization that produces reports to help form policy.

    Post a comment to this article

    Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy.