Medical Evaluation: Lead

Comprehensive Medical Evaluation in accordance with Lead OSHA Standard General Industry 1910.1025, Construction 1926.62

A worker exposed to inorganic lead above the action level of 30 µg/m3 over an 8-hour period must have access to biological monitoring and medical surveillance if exposed above the action level for over 30 days in a calendar year.

If air monitoring reveals lead levels are above the permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 50 µg/ m3, the employer must monitor the area every 3 months until the air level is below the PEL. (Please refer to the standard for more specific monitoring requirements).

Frequently Asked Questions

Blood lead levels are to be measured at least every 6 months.

For those whose lead levels are over 40 µg/100 g whole blood, lead levels are to be obtained every 2 months.  Other evaluations (such as physical examination and additional bloodwork) may be required based on further assessment of the worker by a Physician or Other Licensed Health Care Professional (PLHCP).

Yes.  If the blood lead level exceeds 50 µg/100 g whole blood, the worker must be removed from exposure until the level drops. 

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