Cal / OSHA Construction Lead Exposure Awareness

This course reviews ways that workers can be exposed to lead, the symptoms of exposure, and practices that will reduce the likelihood of exposure.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Lead Exposure in Construction
  • Lead Exposure
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Preventative Measures and Best Practices
  • Respirators
  • Medical Surveillance and Removal

Course Description

This course will review the ways that workers can be exposed to lead, the symptoms of exposure, equipment that can isolate or remove the hazard from the workplace, and practices that will reduce the likelihood of exposure. This course will include an overview of the current state regulations and reasons why these regulations are in place.

Our Cal/OSHA Construction Lead Exposure Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Cal / OSHA Construction Lead Exposure Awareness Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Lead Exposure in Construction

  • Key Terms
  • High-risk Jobs
  • Modes of Exposure
  • Applicable Regulations

Lead Exposure

  • Symptoms of Short-term Exposure
  • Symptoms of Long-term Exposure
  • Health Effects of Short-term Lead Poisoning
  • Health Effects of Long-term Lead Poisoning
  • Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children
  • Lead Levels

Employer Responsibilities

  • Initial Exposure Assessment
  • Initial Exposure Assessment Exceptions
  • Protection During the Initial Assessment
  • Compliance Program
  • Engineering Controls
  • Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Hygiene Provisions
  • Regulated Areas
  • Training
  • Recordkeeping

Preventative Measures and Best Practices

  • Housekeeping
  • Hygiene
  • Work Practices


  • Facial Attachments-Tight-Fitting Coverings
  • Facial Attachments-Loose-Fitting Coverings
  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied-Air Respirators
  • Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • Fit Testing

Medical Surveillance and Removal

  • Initial Medical Surveillance
  • Blood Tests
  • Full Medical Surveillance
  • Chelation
  • Medical Removal


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Some construction work situations can expose workers to lead dust or fumes. Lead is a heavy metal that can cause damage to the brain, kidneys, and reproductive system, among other adverse health effects. Construction workers may be exposed to lead dust or fumes if they are demolishing, sanding, or renovating buildings that contain lead paint or other organic lead compounds. Despite this risk, overexposure to lead is preventable. If workers are aware of the dangers and safety measures, they can vastly reduce their risk for overexposure.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Cal/OSHA requires that all construction workers and supervisors who may be exposed receive retraining annually.

What are the governing regulations?

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) passed its general industry lead regulations in 1978, but studies determined that workers, particularly in the construction industry, were still being overexposed to lead. In 1993, OSHA passed stricter regulations for the construction industry. Since then, several states, including California, have implemented their own OSHA-approved state regulations regarding lead exposure in the workplace. In California, this plan is commonly referred to as “Cal/OSHA,” and is administered by the California Department of Industrial Relations through the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). Cal/OSHA covers all private sector workplaces, state government, and local government workplaces in the state. The Cal/OSHA lead regulations for the construction industry can be found in the California Code of Regulations, Title 8, 1532.1, or “8 CCR 1532.1” for short. This course focuses on the Cal/OSHA regulations for lead rather than on the federal regulations.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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