The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
declared a new, firmer guideline for lead in dust on floors and window sills to protect children from possible hazardous effects of lead exposure. EPA is reducing the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 micrograms of lead per square foot (µg/ft
2) to 10 µg/ft2 on floors and from 250 µg/ft2 to 100 µg/ft2 on window sills.
Children exposed to lead-contaminated dust caused from deteriorating or disturbed lead-based paint experience irreversible and prolonged health issues, according to the EPA. Remodeling professionals who are renovating a home built prior to 1978 will need to closely adhere to the safety practices put in place by the Lead, Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) regulation.
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Injury & Illness Recordkeeping Form
OSHA is advising employers in states that are covered by federal OSHA to submit their 2018 OSHA Form 300A. (Certain low-risk establishments are exempted). The recording deadline for calendar year 2019 is March 2, 2020. Check with your state requirements to see if you are covered by a state program.
NIOSH released an improved process for analysis of airborne asbestos and other fibers using
phase-contract microscopy (PCM) to their Manual of Analytic Methods. The newly added process provides alternative practices for counting fibers and preparing and mounting asbestos samples on microscope slides.
PCM is a technique that distributes the visible changes in light waves as they pass through the collected particulate. NIOSH states, the standards guiding which objects seen through the microscope should count as asbestos fibers continue to be unchanged.