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Description:This 1999 photograph shows a worker using flames from a torch to assist in the removal of paint, demonstrating an exterior renovation method typically used on residences where lead-based paint was present. This method was found to contaminate nearby areas with lead.
This demonstration was conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, and local members of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. These organizations requested that industrial hygienists at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) conduct a health hazard evaluation in order to assess workers’ lead exposures inherent in performing various tasks. High levels of airborne and settled lead dust particulates were found to be created during this method of paint removal.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Aaron L. Sussell
Creation Date:1999
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Links:CDC – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - NIOSH Homepage
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