Lead Protection

Western Washington University complies with the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), Part 296-62-07521, regarding protection of workers from the hazards of lead exposure and with WAC 296-155-176 regarding worker lead protection in construction which includes:

  • Demolition or salvage of structures where lead or materials containing lead are present
  • Removal or encapsulation of materials containing lead
  • New construction, alteration, repair or renovation of structures or portions of structures with materials containing lead
  • Installation of products containing lead
  • Lead contamination clean-up
  • Maintenance operations associated with the above activities.

The University’s lead protection program is found in Section 20 of the University’s Safety Information Book. The program includes training, exposure monitoring, personal protective equipment, respiratory protection, medical surveillance, and signage. Following is a table showing tasks which require consultation with the Environmental Health and Safety staff prior to initiating work.

Tasks which require Prior Consultation and Special Procedures

  1. Manual demolition of structures, e.g. dry wall
  2. Manual scraping or sanding
  3. Heat gun applications
  4. Power tool cleaning with or without a dust collection system
  5. Spray painting with lead paint
  6. Using lead mortar
  7. Lead burning
  8. Torch burning e.g., paint strippers
  9. Rivet bursting
  10. Clean-up activities where dry, expendable abrasives are used
  11. Abrasive blasting enclosure movement or removal
  12. Abrasive blasting
  13. Welding
  14. Cutting
  15. Chemical lead paint removal systems
Lead Protection Work Plan

A Lead Protection Work Plan guide is provided in this document. A written Lead Protection Work Plan shall be completed prior to starting work for each lead construction project performed by University employees or students which will generate lead concentrations over the permissible exposure limit. The plan shall be available on the work site for inspection, in accordance with WAC 296-155-17611. Consult with the Environmental Health and Safety office prior to beginning work to determine if a written work plan is needed, and to complete the plan with the proper protective procedures and equipment.


Information on lead hazards is to be communicated in accordance with the Hazard Communication Program. This program may be found in Section 6 of the Safety Information Book. Any employee exposed to airborne lead concentrations above 0.30 micrograms per cubic meter averaged over a time period of eight hours (the action level defined in WAC 296-62-07521 and WAC 296-155-176) will be provided with information about the hazards of lead exposure.

Page Updated 11.22.2017