Seminar with the Division of Occupational Safety-MA Lead Law
Last week I attended a Lead Health Awareness Seminar run by the Division of Occupational Safety, It dealt with complying with OSHA, the EPA and State Lead Regulations. I learned a great deal about the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the regulations pertain to lead. I have more to learn, but here is what I know so far:
1. Certain activities are trigger activities that trigger the protections required by OSHA. Theseprotections include using setting up regulated areas, providing respirator masks, hand washing and protective clothing.
2. Scrapinglead paint is one of many trigger activities.
3. "The employer shall assure that no employee is exposed to lead at concentrations greater than fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 ug/m(3)) averaged over an 8-hour period."
4. Once a contractor has the work site tested for airborne lead dust, if the amount of lead in the air is less than 30 ug/m(3)(Action Level), then compliancewith the OSHA Lead in Construction Standardis not necessary.A contractor would still have to provide chemical hazard training, hand washing facilities, and proper housekeeping.
5. However, the requirements of the MA Lead Safe Renovation law still apply.
Andrea Goldman is a litigation attorney who focuses on construction and business law. Ms. Goldman has been a mediator since 1996 and is an arbitrator on the panels of the American Arbitration Association, Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program, National Arbitration Forum and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. In addition, she is fluent in both Spanish and French and has helped international clients. Andrea Goldman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @AndreaGoldman. Please contact Andrea to review your construction contracts and add lead-paint clauses, to help with resolving a dispute, or provide representation in the construction industry.