OSHA and Lead

Occupational Health & Safety Administration

OSHA has a set of rules that has been around long before RRP that is designed to protect workers. The EPA’s RRP rule is to protect the environment and the health of the occupants and HUD has its rule to deal with housing. I posted a nice piece on the differences here

The OSHA piece is very interesting to me so I am exploring what all is required to comply and how to practically implement a program oriented to the remodeling industry called Lead in Construction.

So far, Saint Luke’s Occupational Health has a program that is in place for industrial workers for medical monitoring and has expressed interest in working together.

BSU has and environmental program and although they have reduced there ability to provided services to the community. Dr. Stevenson provided me great information and resources for air monitoring instruments.

Lead Locators has also found a lab in the area that will process the air filter cartridges

The best part is I feel we have a partner in OSHA that wants to work with us to come up with a workable solution.

Lead Free

At the moment I believe that the remodeling industry as a whole is reeling from the RRP rule. Additionally they have that deer in the headlights look about OSHA’s Lead in Construction rule. While neighboring states seem to pick up on these things quicker we here in Idaho are gradually catching up. I recall the joke about entering Idaho and seeing the sign… Welcome to Idaho, please turn your watch back 10 years”

Perhaps when the dust settles (so to speak) the big 3 governmental agencies will consolidate their rules on lead into a comprehensive one that covers housing. In the mean time we are scrambling to catch up and provide the resources and answers to our remodeling clients and homeowners. All the while helping folks understand what is required of them and how to get on board.

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