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OSHA Probe: High School Renovation May Have Exposed Workers to Lead


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Courtesy of Don Macintosh

Construction workers busily refurbishing a Portland, Oregon high school may have been exposed to dangerous airborne lead through the pulverized paint chips and paint dust on the site. The subcontractor who is the target of the complaint points out that workers were wearing respirators and were not wearing hazmat suits because they were not over-exposed. OSHA refers to scraping as a "trigger task" that can "expose workers to extreme amounts of lead." OSHA's rules apply to "renovation of structures, substrates, or portions thereof, that contain lead, or materials containing lead." Read more...

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