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OSHA Lead Requirements for PPE, Housekeeping, and Hygiene Facilities  > Protective Work Clothing and Equipment                     

Appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing limits lead exposure. OSHA requires the following for: Boot wash station diagram
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Clothing and Equipment



Fig. 1. Appropriate PPE
Fig. 1. Appropriate PPE





Fig. 2. Clothing Vacuum
Fig. 2. Vacuum to remove lead from protective clothing

Boot Wash Station Diagram

Shoe Cleaning Machine

Clothes Cleaning Air Shower Diagram
  • The following protective clothing and equipment must always be used when lead levels are above the PEL: (Fig. 1) [29 CFR 1910.1025(g)(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 and 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)] (Fig. 2).
 



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