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Canada Construction Lead Safety

Online Training Certification Course

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This lead awareness training course presents an overview of lead exposure, including the sources of lead in construction, modes of exposure, and applicable legislation. Topics include health problems identified with lead exposure, developing an exposure control plan, and lead sampling and analysis.

Numerous construction operations have the opportunity to expose personnel to lead, which is a toxic element and leading cause of work-related illness. Workers exposed to lead on the job can expose their families by tracking lead into their homes on their footwear and clothing. Construction lead awareness is critical to protecting workers and their loved ones from adverse health effects.

This course is for:
Anyone who works in construction environments where there is the potential for lead exposure must receive construction lead training.

This online training course meets the requirements set forth by provisions in both the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Codes enacted by the governing authorities of each province.

Case Study: A 40-year-old painter and decorator went to the doctor because he had been experiencing malaise, abdominal cramps, nausea, joint pain, and mild mental impairment for about six weeks. He had previously been working in a Georgian building and using an industrial blowtorch and sander to remove paint. Two of the three floors had timber-paneled walls, and all had 8 to 10 coats of paint and some were clearly very old. Although he had acquired a new respirator, he did not wear it when other workmen were burning off or sanding in other rooms on the same floor; and during breaks he ate, drank, and smoked cigarettes in the same building. No measurements of atmospheric lead concentrations were made.

Key Takeaway: The painter did not properly assess the risk of lead exposure by considering the age of the paint and the extremely high levels of lead used in paint during that time period. He did not wear protective gear at all times when in the contaminated area, nor did he consider the effects of other workers' activities in the area. He exposed himself to hazardous levels of lead both through inhalation and ingestion, and adverse health effects were immediate and throughout his body.

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Governing Regulations

There are 14 jurisdictions in Canada - 1 federal, 10 provincial, and 3 territorial. Each jurisdiction has its own health and safety legislation. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations are the federal legislation enabled by the Canada Labour Code. Lead exposure is covered in Section 10 of Canada's Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, which states that workers have the right to know about hazardous materials in the workplace. Legislation and regulations regarding hazardous materials are also implemented through the national hazard communication system, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

OHS has also created the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), which is a document that outlines workers' rights and responsibilities, including the right to stop work that is deemed hazardous or unsafe. OHS also lists the penalties and enforcement techniques to be used if these guidelines are not followed.

To supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before implementing a lead abatement training, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.

What You'll Learn

    About This Course
    Course Objectives
    Introduction to Canada Construction Lead Safety
  • Key Terms
  • Sources of Lead in Construction
  • Special Cases for Lead Paints and Coatings
  • Construction Tasks That May Involve Lead Exposure
  • Construction Tasks That Trigger Lead Exposure
  • Modes of Lead Exposure
  • Canada's OHSR General Requirements
  • Canada's OHSR Lead-Specific Requirements
  • Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL)
    Assessing Lead Exposure
  • Questions to Ask
  • Air Sampling
  • Surface and Bulk Sampling
    Health and Lead Exposure
  • Health Problems Identified with Lead Exposure
  • Symptoms of Lead Exposure
  • Short-Term Exposure
  • Long-Term Exposure
  • Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children
  • New Findings
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Blood Lead Levels
    Controlling Exposure
  • Develop an Exposure Control Plan
  • Elimination and Substitution
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Housekeeping
  • Hygiene
  • Work Practices
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respirators
  • Facial Attachments-Tight-Fitting Coverings
  • Facial Attachments-Loose-Fitting Coverings
  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied-Air Respirators
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to lead. According to OHS, employees working with and around lead must receive initial and refresher safety training.

To ensure compliance with OHS safety training standards, retraining must be conducted when changes at the worksite present new hazards and when inadequacies in an affected employee's work indicate the need for additional training. This online certification meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

Steven S Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety


Cameron H Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

Your test was a great experience. I feel Good about knowing the hazards of working around lead.

Gyllin F Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

I'm so glad ,I have learned a lot and I'm ready to perform my work safely the save my life and for everybody's life as well. Thanks

Daniel G Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

This course was extremely valuable to the work I do. There is a lot of information to absorb and I found it quite interesting.

Jose G Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

Cuidarse y protegerse mientras se trabaja

Branden H Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

Very informative thanks

Preet B Verified
Canada Construction Lead Safety

Great course, thank you.



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