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• Record Type: Lead Exposure in Construction
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• Title: Intro to 29 CFR Part 1926, Lead Exposure in Construction

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

29 CFR Part 1926

[Docket No. H-004L]

Lead Exposure in Construction

AGENCY: Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA), Labor

ACTION: Interim final rule.

SUMMARY: This interim final rule amends the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for occupational health and environmental controls in Subpart D of 29 CFR part 1926 by adding a new Section 1926.62 containing employee protection requirements for construction workers exposed to lead.

This standard reduces the permitted level of exposure to lead for construction workers from 200 micrograms per cubic meter of air (200 ug/m(3)) as an 8-hour time weighted average (TWA) to an 8-hour TWA of 50 ug/m(3). The standard also includes requirements addressing exposure assessment, methods of compliance, respiratory protection, protective clothing and equipment, hygiene facilities and practices, medical surveillance, medical removal protection, employee information and training, signs, recordkeeping, and observation of monitoring. An action level of 30 ug/m(3) as an 8-hour TWA is established as the level at which employers must initiate certain compliance activities. In instances where employers can demonstrate that employee exposures are below 30 ug/m(3) as an 8-hour TWA, the employer is not obligated to comply with most of the requirements in this interim final rule.

This interim final rule is mandated by, and issued under the exclusive authority of, title X, subtitle C, sections 1031 and 1032, Worker Protection, of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992

DATES: This interim final standard shall become effective June 3, 1993. Start-up dates for various provisions are set forth in paragraph (r) of the standard (Section 1926.62(r)).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James F. Foster, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of Public, Affairs, Room N-3647, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. Telephone (202) 219-8151.

[58 FR 26590, May 4, 1993]

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