New e-Tool on Lead Battery Manufacturing

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the Department of Labor
(OSHA) has issued a new e-Tool on lead battery manufacturing. eTools are
"stand-alone", illustrated, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and
health topics.

Employees working in battery manufacturing plants may potentially be exposed to
lead concentrations greater than the OSHA permissible exposure limit. Battery
Manufacturing is the process of producing lead-acid batteries, commonly used in
automobiles, fork trucks, material handling, and standby power

The e-Tool provides detailed information on:

  • Oxide and Grid Production
  • Plate Processing
  • Battery Assembly
  • Battery Repair and Reclaim
  • Environmental Controls
  • Maintenance
  • potential sources of exposure
  • Engineering Controls
  • work practices
  • Lead Requirements.

The OSHA Lead Standard requires the employer to reduce employee exposure to the
lowest feasible level through the use of engineering and work practice
controls. The engineering and work practice controls addressed in this eTool
have been shown to reduce employee exposure and are provided to assist
employers and employees in complying with the Lead Standard. It is the
employer's responsibility to evaluate the sources of exposure and the specific
controls for operations that are necessary to comply with the Lead

Respiratory protection and medical surveillance are not addressed in this
eTool. However, they are essential for controlling lead exposure levels and
preventing lead-related disease when engineering and work practice controls,
including administrative controls such as employee rotation, to the extent
feasible, do not reduce airborne lead levels below the permissible exposure
limit. There are links provided to get more information.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work