Lead-Safe Work Basics

Special tools, methods and techniques for containing the lead-containing debris and dust during window work.
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Lead-Safe Work Basics

Postby johnleeke » Mon May 30, 2016 8:54 pm

Shop Set Up, Lead-Safe Operations

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Set up a sash repair workstation in a workspace and isolate it from
occupied spaces to safely control the health risks of lead containing
dust that is generated during sash work. A flat, steady worktable is
needed and a carpenter’s workbench with vises is handy for holding
sash and parts while you work on them. Arrange enough room nearby
to stack sash and stockpile materials such as wood, glass, glazing
compound and paint.

Lead-Safe Operations Highlights

Protect People and the Environment: Prevent the spread of lead to
the rest of the building and the environment.
  • Generate the least amount of dust,
  • In the smallest space,
  • For the shortest time,
  • Exposing the fewest people.

Protect Occupants: Keep them and their pets out of the workspace.

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Protect Workers: Minimize exposure to keep lead out of their
  • Wear hat to keep lead dust out of hair.
  • Wear goggles to protect eyes from flying debris.
  • Wear respirator fit tightly to face around the mouth and nose
    that filters the air through replaceable cartridges.
  • Do not eat or drink during work periods to prevent ingestion of
    lead. This means workers must be well hydrated by drinking
    lots of water during breaks and off hours.
  • Do not smoke during work periods. Lead containing dust is easily
    transferred from fingers to the cigarette and is then vaporized
    and inhaled.
  • Wash hands and face when leaving workspace and before
    eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Use a Floor Containment system that catches lead-containing
    debris and dust. Notice this floor containment serves both the
    sash easel and the end of the workbench. It is made of 6-mil
    poly with wood 1"x2" furring strips rolled into the edges of the
    poly and fastened at the corners with two sheetrock screws.
    Size the floor containment system to be 5 feet in each direction
    from the location where debris is generated. The floor
    containment can be made with a gap in the furring strips of the
    long side so it folds up like a clamshell. This allows the
    containment to be moved from one area to another while
    keeping all the dust in the containment.
  • Wear Tyvek slippers within the floor containment and removed
    them whenever you step out of the containment.
  • Damp-wipe sash and tools before removal from the containment.
  • Change work clothes for street clothes as you leave the
    workspace at the end of each work session. Launder work
    clothes separately from family clothes and then double rinse
    the washing machine before family laundry is done.

Establish a Comprehensive Lead-Safe Program:
These highlights do not make up a complete lead-safe program. Study and use the Lead Paint and Historic Buildings Training Manual. (See Appendix of the book Save America's Windows http://saveamericaswindows.com/get-the-book/.)
  • Hold a daily safety meeting.
  • Test workers for blood-lead levels.
  • Test workspaces for lead before and after operations.

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