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Hazard Related Topics

Lead poisoning is a notifiable disease within the meaning of the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations 1985 and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 therefore it can be seen that can be a very dangerous substance.

The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2005 as variously amended aims to protect people at work who are exposed to Lead by controlling that exposure.

The regulations apply to any work which exposes employees or others to Lead.

Employers have a duty to:

  • Assess any work which may expose a person to Lead in order to determine the nature and degree of that exposure.
  • Provide control measures for materials ,plant and processes as will adequately control the exposure of their employees to Lead other than by the use of respiratory protective equipment or protective clothing.
  • Provide respiratory protective equipment and/or protective clothing should other control measures prove inadequate.
  • Provide adequate instruction, information and training to employees liable to be exposed to Lead.
  • Keep adequate records of assessments, maintenance, air monitoring, medical surveillance and any biological tests carried out.