OSHA Construction Lead Awareness

This course is designed to assist employers and employees to understand the regulations relating to working safely around lead in the construction industry.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction
  • Lead Exposure
  • Protecting Workers
  • Employee Information and Training
  • Medical Monitoring

Course Description

Lead is an ingredient in thousands of products widely used throughout the construction industry, including lead-based paints, lead solder, electrical fittings and conduits, tank linings, plumbing fixtures, and many metal alloys. This course is designed to assist employers and employees in understanding the regulations relating to working safely around lead in the construction industry.

The OSHA Lead Safety for the Construction Industry Training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Construction Lead Awareness Course Outline

Course Introduction

Course Description


  • Ways Lead Can Enter the body
  • Symptoms of Overexposure
  • How can workers become exposed to lead?
  • Major elements of OSHA’s Lead Standard

Lead Exposure

  • Overview
  • Lead in construction
  • Who is at risk for lead exposure?
  • Where are workers most likely to be exposed to lead?
  • Exposure Limits
  • Exposure assessment
  • Interim protection for workers
  • Employee Notification Of Monitoring Results
  • Limiting workers’ exposure to lead
  • What is a compliance program?

Protecting Workers

  • Engineering controls
    • Exhaust ventilation
    • Enclosure or encapsulation
    • Substitution
    • Component replacement
    • Isolation
    • Process or equipment modification
    • Housekeeping practices
    • Personal hygiene practices
    • Change areas
    • Showers and washing facilities
    • Personal practices
    • End-of-day procedures
  • Protective clothing and equipment
    • Handling contaminated protective clothing
    • Preventing heat stress
  • Respiratory protection
    • Respiratory protection programs
    • Selecting a respirator

Employee Information and Training

  • Information and training program
  • Warning signs
  • OSHA Assistance, Services, and Products
  • Recordkeeping

Medical Monitoring

  • Monitoring workers’ exposure to lead
  • Medical Surveillance
  • Medical Exams
  • Information for the examining physician
  • When monitoring shows employee exposures above the AL
  • After the medical examination
  • Medical Removal Provisions
  • Worker protections and benefits

Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

According to OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.62(l)(1)(ii): The employer shall train each employee who is subject to exposure to lead at or above the action level on any day, or who is subject to exposure to lead compounds which may cause skin or eye irritation (e.g., lead arsenate, lead azide), in accordance with the requirements of this section. The employer shall institute a training program and ensure employee participation in the program.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

The length of time for which the training is valid is determined by OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.62(l)(1)(iv):

The employer shall also provide the training program at least annually for each employee who is subject to lead exposure at or above the action level on any day.

What are the governing regulations?

This course applies to all construction work where an employee may be occupationally exposed to lead. Construction work is defined as work for construction, alteration and/or repair, including painting and decorating.

This online training course focuses on the Lead Safety Standard for the Construction Industry as described in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.62 and is intended to provide a general awareness of lead, the risks, and the 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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