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OSHA Lead Requirements >> Protective Clothing and Equipement


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Appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing limits lead exposure. This sections outlines OSHA's requirements for clothing and equipment.











Clothing and Equipment

Figure 1. Appropriate PPE
Figure 1. Appropriate PPE


Figure 2. Vacuum to remove lead from protective clothing
Figure 2. Vacuum to remove lead from
protective clothing

  • The following protective clothing and equipment must always be used when lead levels are above the PEL: [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(1)] (Figure 1)

  • Clean and dry protective work clothing must be provided daily or weekly depending on exposure levels. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(i)]

    • Cleaning, laundering, or disposal of protective clothing and equipment must be provided. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(ii)]


    • Protective clothing and equipment must be repaired or replaced as needed to maintain its safety an effectiveness. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(iii)]


    • All protective clothing must be removed at the end of a work shift in change rooms provided for that purpose. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(iv)]


    • Contaminated protective clothing, which is to be cleaned, laundered, or disposed of, must be placed in a closed, labeled container in the changing area. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(v)]

    • Persons who clean or launder protective clothing or equipment must be informed in writing of the potentially harmful effects of exposure to lead. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(vi)]
  • Containers of contaminated protective clothing and equipment must be appropriately labeled. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(vii)]


  • Removal of lead from protective clothing or equipment by blowing, shaking, or any other means which disperses lead into the air is prohibited. [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(2)(viii)] (Figure 2)
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