Close up of flaking paint and rust. Caption reads: Old or new paint and primers used on industrial or commercial structures may contain lead. Courtesy of NIOSH

Lead is a highly toxic metal that's found in many common materials, including old paints and primers, industrial paints and primers, car batteries, bullets, and electronics.

Materials containing lead are often encountered during construction, maintenance, and manufacturing activities.

When lead is inhaled or ingested, it can poison the body, causing serious damage to the blood-forming system, nervous, urinary, and reproductive systems.

Certification is required by the Department of Commerce, not L&I. Meeting certification requirements in WAC 365-230 (app.leg.wa.gov) is not the same as meeting L&I's training requirements, and vice versa. Visit the Department of Commerce (www.commerce.wa.gov) or call 360-586-5323 if you have questions.


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Stakeholder meetings

In 2013, we received a request to review our lead standards. As a result of the request we are establishing a stakeholder group to discuss our lead standards.

Training materials and workshopsMan standing outside of a garage with an air compressor hose shaking a blue button-up shirt. Caption reads: What's wrong here?
Don't shake clothing out or use compressed air to blow lead dust around! Training is essential to support hazard awareness and safe work practices

For all workplaces

For construction


Illustration of ventilation system to use for controlling lead exposure. Caption reads: Ventilation systems like this one push and pull lead fume or dust away from the worker’s breathing zone.  Courtesty of OSHAFor general industry



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