Appropriate personal protective equipment and clothing limits lead exposure. OSHA requires the following for:

  • 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).