This lead awareness training presents properties and uses of lead and operations and activities with potential lead exposures. Lead, as used in this course and addressed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lead standards, includes
• elemental lead,
• all inorganic lead compounds, and
• lead soaps (organic lead compounds used as paint additives).
Note: Organic lead compounds other than lead soaps (such as tetraethyl lead, an additive in gasoline) are not covered by OSHA lead standard, but may still pose potential health hazards.
Lead Awareness Training Module Objectives
After completing this module, you will be able to recognize the properties and uses of lead, operations and activities with potential lead exposures, and potential nonoccupational exposures to lead.
Properties of Lead
The properties that make lead useful can also make it dangerous. The following table lists some of the physical and chemical properties of lead that are important to consider when weighing the benefits of using lead against its hazards.
Low Melting Point
High Atomic Weight
Soluble in Acids
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