Title 8 CCR Section 1532.1 Online Training Certification Course
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This course will review the ways that workers can be exposed to lead, the symptoms of exposure, equipment that can isolate or remove the hazard from the workplace, and practices that will reduce the likelihood of exposure. This course will include an overview of the current state regulations and reasons why these regulations are in place.
What are the governing regulations? The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) passed its general industry lead regulations in 1978, but studies determined that workers, particularly in the construction industry, were still being overexposed to lead. In 1993, OSHA passed stricter regulations for the construction industry. Since then, several states, including California, have implemented their own OSHA-approved state regulations regarding lead exposure in the workplace. In California, this plan is commonly referred to as "Cal/OSHA," and is administered by the California Department of Industrial Relations through the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). Cal/OSHA covers all private sector workplaces, state government, and local government workplaces in the state. The Cal/OSHA lead regulations for the construction industry can be found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, 1532.1, or "8 CCR 1532.1" for short. This course focuses on the Cal/OSHA regulations for lead rather than on the federal regulations.
Who must take this training? Some construction work situations can expose workers to lead dust or fumes. Lead is a heavy metal that can cause damage to the brain, kidneys, and reproductive system, among other adverse health effects. Construction workers may be exposed to lead dust or fumes if they are demolishing, sanding, or renovating buildings that contain lead paint or other organic lead compounds. Despite this risk, overexposure to lead is preventable. If workers are aware of the dangers and safety measures, they can vastly reduce their risk for overexposure.
Case Study: A painter was admitted to the hospital after experiencing six weeks of discomfort, abdominal cramps, nausea, joint pain, and feelings of mental dullness. He had been working in an old building where he and his coworkers used industrial blowtorches and sanders to remove lead paint. Though he had received a respirator, he did not wear it while his coworkers were doing similar work nearby. During breaks, he ate, drank, and smoked cigarettes in the same building. A medical examination revealed that his blood contained 87.1 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, nearly 40 micrograms higher than the permissible exposure limit. He was treated over the course of 21 days, and luckily recovered.
Key Takeaways: If this worker had followed protocol, he could have saved himself from a month and a half of pain. This is a good example of why workers must wear protective gear in regulated areas and are prohibited from eating, drinking, and smoking in regulated areas.