Working with lead – radiator repair: A health and safety solution

How to eliminate or reduce the workplace health and safety risks of working with lead to repair radiators.


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Employees repairing radiators can be exposed to excessive amounts of lead. This can cause kidney, nerve and brain damage, paralysis and lead palsy. This guidance outlines how these risks can be reduced in the workplace by:

  • using lower temperature fuels and lead or tin solders
  • installing local exhaust ventilation to extract fumes
  • providing employees with changing and washing facilities to prevent lead contaminants from spreading
  • ensuring employees’ lunch areas are isolated from lead processing areas
  • conducting blood tests for lead