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Is your job exposing you to lead?

Posted by Smiley & Smiley on Feb 8, 2017 2:38:27 PM

There are some New Yorkers who believe lead poisoning is a concern of the past. However, if you work in the construction industry, you may know that this is not the case. In fact, you might even be concerned that your job is overexposing you to the toxic metal. This is why it is vital to understand how lead exposure may affect you.

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health explains what your rights are as well as how you can spot lead-related issues. Your employer is required by federal law to ensure that lead levels do not go over 50 micrograms per cubic meter over an eight-hour time-weighted average. Also, if you work in the vicinity of the metal, your employer must abide by guidelines such as the following:

  • Allowing you to be moved to a lead-free environment without fear of retaliation
  • Giving you access to lead standards and the results of any air tests performed
  • Supplying you with free protective gear
  • Providing you with medical surveillance and testing if you work in lead levels over 30 micrograms per cubic meter

In some situations, lead poisoning may still occur. This may be the result of ingesting and inhaling lead vapor or dust over a long period of time. Typical signs of lead overexposure include fatigue, upset stomach, concentration issues, trouble controlling your temper, and pain in joints or muscles. Unfortunately, there is the possibility that illness may develop without producing any symptoms. As such, it may be necessary to consult a physician with questions.

This information is provided for educational purposes, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

Topics: Construction Accidents

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