Canada Construction Lead Awareness

This course is an overview of lead exposure in construction, tasks and modes of exposure, legislation, health problems, and safe work practices.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Canada Construction Lead Safety
  • Legislation
  • Assessing Lead Exposure
  • Health and Lead Exposure
  • Controlling Exposure
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Course Description

This lead awareness online training course is an overview of lead exposure in construction, tasks and modes of exposure, legislation, health problems, abatement procedures, and safe work practices.

The Cal/OSHA Benzene Safety Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check non-scored questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Canada Construction Lead Awareness Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Canada Construction Lead Safety

  • Key Terms
  • Sources of Lead in Construction
  • Special Cases for Lead Paints and Coatings
  • Construction Tasks That May Involve Lead Exposure
  • Construction Tasks That Trigger Lead Exposure
  • Modes of Lead Exposure


  • Canada’s OHSR General Requirements
  • Canada’s OHSR Lead-Specific Requirements
  • Occupational Exposure Limits (OEL)

Assessing Lead Exposure

  • Questions to Ask
  • Air Sampling
  • Surface and Bulk Sampling

Health and Lead Exposure

  • Health Problems Identified with Lead Exposure
  • Symptoms of Lead Exposure
  • Short-Term Exposure
  • Long-Term Exposure
  • Pregnant Women, Babies, and Children
  • New Findings
  • Medical Monitoring
  • Blood Lead Levels

Controlling Exposure

  • Develop an Exposure Control Plan
  • Elimination and Substitution
  • Engineering Controls
  • Administrative Controls
  • Housekeeping
  • Hygiene
  • Work Practices

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Respirators
  • Facial Attachments-Tight-Fitting Coverings
  • Facial Attachments-Loose-Fitting Coverings
  • Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirators
  • Supplied-Air Respirators


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Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

In general, anyone working with lead must be educated and trained.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The employer must develop and implement an exposure control plan meeting the requirements of his or her province’s legislature that governs workers’ compensation, health, and safety. Retraining is required in at least the following situations:
(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) Where changes present a hazard in which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving asbestos indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

What are the governing regulations?

Due to its adverse health effects, lead is classified as a hazardous substance and is thereby regulated by provisions in both the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and the Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Codes enacted by the governing authorities of each province. Interlocking federal, provincial, and territorial legislation and regulations regarding hazardous materials are also implemented through the national hazard communication system, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

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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