Occupational Lead Poisoning Still a Problem For Thousands (& Probably Thousands More)

Each year thousands of people encounter high enough concentrations of lead on the job site and become poisoned. carcasa samsung galaxy a5 2016 verus shine guard black Back to their homes these workers bring hypertension, kidney problems and reproductive problems—a lot more than they probably bargained for getting at work. According to recent research from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), between 1,300 and 1,900 fell victim to occupational lead poisoning from 2008 to 2011 in that state. carcasa iphone 6 goku These are thousands of people who are trying to do right and make an honest living but are literally being poisoned by their work. Here’s a snapshot of how many employers were providing blood lead level testing in five industries in which significant lead exposure is possible: 87% of battery manufacturers, 56% of non-ferrous foundries (lead-using), 14% of radiator repair (copper-brass), 8% of painting companies (licensed San Francisco painting contractors), and only 1% of wrecking and demolition companies. carcasa movil iphone 8 plus To make matters even worse, the CDPH admits that its research is incomplete and that their work “cannot fully describe the magnitude and distribution of elevated BLLs among California workers.” First, while the U.S. carcasa movil samsung j7 2016 Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to determine whether workers are exposed to lead, thousands of employers do not. carcasa negro iphone x OSHA’s has two main standards that address worker exposure to lead in the workplace, one for construction (29 CFR 1926.62) and another for general industry (29 CFR 1910.1025), and together they basically cover any workplace where lead is present, from construction sites, to battery manufacturing plants to painting job sites. carcasa samsung sgh u800 Employers are required to conduct an initial exposure assessment to determine whether workers are exposed to unsafe levels of lead; however, “many employers fail to provide [blood lead level] testing to their lead-exposed workers,” the CDPH says, so there is no baseline of how many workers are even exposed to lead on the job site, which means getting a firm grip on the number of workers that are poisoned could be impossible. carcasa iphone 5s spigen The bottom line is that if you are an employer and lead could be a factor on your job sites, you are required to monitor your workers’ lead exposure.

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