Surface Contamination

Hazards and Solutions

Many workers are unaware of the potential hazards in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to injury. The following references aid in recognizing and controlling surface contamination.

Hazard Recognition
  • Skin Exposures & Effects. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic. Provides information regarding issues of occupational skin exposures and prevention of ill-health.
Possible Solutions

Possible controls to prevent surface contamination include engineering design, work practices, substitution, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). OSHA Safety and Health Topics Page. Provides a collection of occupational safety and health information designed to help familiarize the individual with common personal protective equipment (PPE) practices and OSHA policy regarding the use of PPE.
  • CDC Announces Issuance of Patent for Detecting the Presence of Lead. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (October 17, 2002). Announces CDC's issuance of a patent for a hand wipe that can quickly and easily detect the presence of lead on skin, the steering wheels and other surfaces of vehicles used in industries where lead is produced or used, and surfaces such as tables, floors, walls and window sills.