Lead: A guidebook for workplaces

Information about complying with duties associated with lead work and controlling risks of lead exposure in the workplace.


What it contains

Lead is poisonous and exposure to it in the workplace makes it a serious health and safety risk.

If your work involves lead processes, there are specific duties and obligations you need to comply with under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations).

This guide advises how employers can manage risks and comply with their duties. It explains:

  • the health risks of lead exposure
  • what lead processes and lead-risk work are
  • an employer's legal responsibilities when lead processes and lead-risk work are carried out
  • an employee's legal responsibilities when working with lead
  • how to control lead risks by eliminating and reducing lead exposure
  • how to undertake health monitoring for lead-risk work

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