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  1. June 2013

  2. Continuous Improvement in Employee Blood Lead Reduction 18th International Lead Conference Prague, 19-21 June 2013 Troy A. Greiss MS, CIH, CSP East Penn Manufacturing Company, Inc.

  3. East Penn Manufacturing CampusLyon Station, Pennsylvania

  4. Overview Applications Of Industrial Hygiene Principles Routes of Entry Hierarchy of Controls Engineering Administrative Personal Protective Equipment Lead Exposed Population Trends Legacy Issues Closing Remarks

  5. Routes of Entry Inhalation - Involves airborne contaminants that can be inhaled directly into the lungs. - Particularly important because of the rapid nature the toxic material being absorbed in the lungs and pass into the blood stream. - Influence of particle size Ingestion - Pathway, employees unknowingly eat or drink harmful chemicals. - Toxic materials can be absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the blood stream. - Inhaled toxic dusts can also be ingested. It is important to know the route of entry when evaluating the work environment.

  6. Hierarchy of Control Engineering Controls Administrative Controls Personal Protective Equipment Employee Consults and Audits

  7. Engineering Controls Engineer out the Hazard by design specification Apply methods using isolation, enclosure or local exhaust Engineering should be the first control strategy

  8. Engineering Controls

  9. Administrative Controls Reduce exposure by adjusting work regime; job share, job rotation Housekeeping Employee training Work Practices Hygiene Practices Incentives

  10. Housekeeping Wet Floor Scrubbers Vacuum Systems Wet Down Techniques

  11. Work Practices Minimize dust generation • Place don’t throw • Place don’t drop • Clean up accumulated dust Work close to local exhaust ventilation Keep ventilation free from obstruction

  12. Personal Hygiene Practices No eating, drinking and smoking in the Workplace Hand/Arm/Face Washing and Shower Removal of Personal Protective Equipment (Gloves, Uniforms) Hand to Mouth Contact (biting finger nails) Once Clean – Stay Clean

  13. Personal Protective Equipment Application, Selection and Use Proper Fit Donning/Doffing Storage Cleaning

  14. Employee Consults and Audits Employee Training: Healthy Hygiene Habits Blood Lead Consult Checklist and Action Plan Lead Check (Hand/Nail) Procedure New Employee Orientation Coaching Increased Sample Frequency

  15. Healthy Hygiene Habits

  16. Blood Lead Consult Checklist

  17. Lead Check (Hand/Nail) Procedure

  18. Historical Blood Lead Trends

  19. Legacy Employees

  20. Closing Remarks • Local Exhaust ventilation and Engineering Controls are essential elements in the first phase of employee exposure control and reducing employee blood leads • Administrative Controls through Enhanced Personal Hygiene/Work Practices coupled with Individual Employee Consults produced a 3 ug/dl reduction in the average Blood Lead within 1 Year • Continue with Employee engagement efforts and supplement with PPE to foster a further individual employee Blood Lead reduction strategy, case-by-case basis.

  21. Thank youfor Your Attention!