Lead Paint Policy
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To minimize the risk of lead exposures to all members of the University community during routine maintenance related tasks.
Removal or disruption of lead based paint must be conducted pursuant to approved procedures and requirements of appropriate regulating agencies, and in full compliance with State and Federal laws.
This policy applies to any University building constructed prior to 1978 and to any exterior metal structure including items such as handrails and flagpoles.
The disruption of paints containing any detectable amounts of lead may result in exposure to airborne lead depending on the method of removal and other conditions in the workplace. Exposure of employees at or above the OSHA action level triggers special monitoring and training requirements.
Use of respiratory protection may be required for certain lead projects that require Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) review. When this occurs, the workers will be required to participate in the University’s respiratory protection program.
By authority delegated from the University President, the Vice-President for Business Affairs is responsible for the safety of all University facilities. Under this authority, policies are developed to provide a safe teaching, research, service, housing and recreational environment.
University physical plant and maintenance personnel are limited to conducting routine maintenance tasks such as manual scraping or sanding of paint containing lead at concentrations not exceeding 0.06% by weight for surface preparation and the use of power tool cleaning with attached HEPA dust collection systems. The work surface must be misted with water prior to scraping or sanding and disposable drop cloths must be used to collect any dust and debris. Access to the work area must be restricted by using caution tape.
The work area surface must be wiped off with damp cloths or vacuumed with a HEPA vacuum cleaner following the completion of sanding or scraping.
All work areas shall be visually inspected after clean-up to ensure no visible dust or debris remains.
For work on surfaces containing paint with concentrations of lead above 0.06% by weight, full work area protective measures including work area isolation, air monitoring and the use of respiratory protection will be required until a negative exposure assessment (NEA) is conducted. Once an NEA is established, minimum work area requirements will include the use of dropcloths, HEPA vacuum cleaners and caution tape to restrict access to the work area.
Any waste generated from these tasks, including the dropcloths and wiping rags, must be collected, placed in a sealed plastic bag or drum (if applicable) and subjected to hazardous waste characterization testing prior to disposal. The EH&S Hazardous Materials group should be contacted for additional information regarding waste collection and characterization.
Other work, including spray applying a lead based product, using heat to remove a lead containing product, sand blasting, surface sanding or scraping that lasts more than one work shift may require additional training, air and biological monitoring, the use of engineering controls, and wearing PPE appropriate for the task. Projects falling into this category must be reviewed by Environmental Health & Safety prior to commencement.
Regardless of lead concentration or task, effective hygienic practices must be followed. These include changing or HEPA vacuuming clothes to remove dust when work is completed; washing hands before eating; and not eating or smoking in the work area.
Advanced notification of lead abatement activities and other projects impacting lead containing paint must be provided to EH&S.
A written work plan, air monitoring and final clearance sampling may be required depending on the scope of the planned project. EH&S will notify the project manager or supervisor of any additional requirements following a review of the project notification information.
Contact Environmental Health and Safety for assistance on atypical projects, or for further information regarding sample analysis or waste disposal.