Lead Awareness Training

Lead Awareness Training

Did you know that lead affects over 1 million workers in more than 100 different occupations each day in the United States? The main target of lead is the central nervous system and while exposure can have adverse effects on adults, it is especially harmful to fetuses and young children.  Because symptoms are less likely to appear until dangerous blood levels of lead are accumulated, being education on some simple precautions can help keep your workers and their families safe before exposure has begun.  Lead Awareness Training is critical for the health and safety of your employees and their families.

Since 2009, our training professionals have successfully instructed thousands of training classes.  We will deliver an interactive and fast-paced training experience and make completing the training course easy.  Our training professionals will also travel to bring our Lead Awareness Training to your office, jobsite or facility.  We can also rent a conference room if needed and we have our own training center in Cincinnati, OH.

Having an untrained workforce exposes your employees to numerous hazards and leaves you as the employer exposed to OSHA fines and possible litigation. Our Lead Awareness Training will help your employees identify situations where lead could be present, so they can avoid overexposure and the health hazards that it can cause. By preparing your employees to handle these types of situations, you are taking strides toward ensuring their long-term health and safety.  Additionally, completing Lead Awareness Training will expand the marketability of your company by allowing your workers to become familiar with the types of situations in which lead will be most prevalent.  We have what it takes to protect your most valued asset, your people!  We have what it takes to protect your most valued asset, your people.  Dial 877-209-9648 or email [email protected] to register.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lead Awareness:

Is Lead Awareness Training required by law?

Yes. OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.1025, training is required for individuals who are required to work around lead or lead containing materials but who do not perform lead-based abatement work.

How long is my lead awareness certification good for?

Lead Awareness certifications are good for one year from the date of certification.  There are also refresher courses available.  This is a two-hour course and should not be confused with the 8-hour EPA RRP Lead Renovator Training which is good for five years.

What is Lead Awareness Training?

Lead Awareness Training is a two-hour course that covers such topics as background information and the history of lead, the history of lead poisoning, sources of exposure to lead in the workplace, health and safety exposure levels of lead, acute and chronic effects of lead exposure, etc.  This course is not an abatement course.  This course is not a containment course.  This course is an awareness course.

How do I know which lead course I need?

Lead Awareness Training is intended for people who are required to work around lead or lead-containing materials, but who do not perform lead-based abatement work.  If you are doing work in which you’ll disturb lead-containing materials due to a renovation or destruction of lead-containing space, you may need more in-depth instruction, like our EPA RRP Lead Renovator Training or a lead abatement course.  These courses range from 8 to 32 training hours for certification.  Refresher course are also available.

How do I know if I’m at risk for exposure?

Lead exposure is most likely to occur through inhalation and ingestion.  When buildings containing lead pipes, ceiling coatings, old toys, paint and more are disturbed from renovations or being torn down, for example, tiny leaded dust particles are released into the air.  These dust particles are so tiny that they are not visible to the naked eye, making the risk of lead exposure even more dangerous.  Any buildings and child-occupied facilities built prior to 1978 are almost always going to contain traces of lead, whether under construction or not, you’re still at risk and should test for lead levels.  While that number decreases after 1978, there is still potential for lead-containing materials to be present.

How do I know if I have been exposed to lead?

It is possible to be exposed to lead and not show symptoms of that exposure right away.  The duration of exposure also effects the severity of symptoms due to the increase in lead levels in the body over time.  Some symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include anemia, headaches, hearing, behavior and learning problems, damage to the brain and nervous symptom, abdominal pain, irritability, constipation, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, hyperactivity, insomnia, memory loss, etc.

In adults, symptoms can be similar and include high blood pressure, joint and muscle pain, mood disorders, miscarriage, stillbirth or premature births for pregnant women, reduced sperm count for men, etc.  Although you do not have symptoms now, you should remain vigilant for the rest of your life. You should take note of anything new that arises in terms of symptoms over time.  If you develop any new or questionable symptoms like those listed above, you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately.  Always mention your lead exposure history to your doctor during your visit.

What should I do if I think I have been exposed to lead?

It is possible to be exposed to lead and to not show symptoms of that exposure right away.  It is of utmost importance to schedule regular visits with your primary care physician to discuss next steps and some simple tests to evaluate your health standing.  Always mention your lead exposure risk and history to your doctor during your visit.

Can a one-time exposure to lead be harmful? How much lead exposure is harmful?

Anything containing more than 5 micrograms of lead minerals has been proven to show intellectual impairment in children (Study conducted by researchers from both Cornell University and the University of Rochester School of Medicine) and is lead-containing and are therefore deemed unsafe (although no amount of lead is considered ‘safe.’).  Any single exposure to lead can pose a health risk.  Although you do not have symptoms now, you should remain vigilant for the rest of your life about keeping regular and consistent visits with your physician and always mentioning your history of exposure to lead.

Can I spread lead exposure to my family?

While illness caused by lead is not contagious, it is possible to spread the leaded dust to others byway of leaded dust materials on equipment, clothing and physical contact with others following exposure.

How can I prevent lead exposure?

The best way to prevent lead exposure is by getting educated in an Lead Awareness Course on preventative methods of exposure and by following occupational safety measures to prevent the spread of lead-containing dust to minimize contamination risks.

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