LEAD PAINT EXPOSURE MANAGEMENT DURING CONSTRUCTION
Client: A Construction Management Firm Coordinating a 160,000 SF Office Renovation
Project: Manage Hazardous Communication and Work Place Safety Associated with Lead Dust Exposure to Construction Workers
Scope: A construction project entailing the renovation of two 80,000 SF floors for an international news periodical publisher was immediately halted when the concrete ceiling was found to be covered with lead based paint. Construction workers became concerned that impact to the paint during installation of mechanical equipment and during surface stabilization for repainting would pose a health concern due to lead dust exposure.
Challenge: Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rules and provisions – proper communication of work place hazards and implementation of best work practices were immediately implemented to allow the project to proceed safely. ACE conducted pilot studies utilizing protected workers under controlled conditions to evaluate lead exposure during specific tasks that impacted the lead paint. ACE determined proper work practices to mitigate exposure to workers, conducted on-site health and safety awareness training, coordinated the proper removal and disposal of lead based waste material generated on site and performed daily exposure monitoring on workers. All procedures and practices promulgated and implemented by ACE were peer reviewed by an outside environmental consulting firm.
Results: The project was resumed with the satisfaction of all parties. The written work practices implemented by ACE were revealed to be effective in protecting workers from lead dust exposure based on exposure monitoring for over 30 continuous shifts of work.