Sasha’s International Inc. 333 Arthur Godfrey Rd., Ste. # 322 Miami Beach, FL 33140 Tel: 800.757.8141 Fax: 305.695.8991 email@example.com www.sashas.netSodium Sulfide Instantly Reveals Lead on Surfaces
A simple procedure, “The Sodium Sulfide Test,” allows visual detection of lead on skin & other surfaces. The procedure is effective as a training aid to reinforce the importance of personal hygiene to workers in any environment where lead is processed. It is also effective in comparing the ability of soaps and cleaners to remove lead. Lead is absorbed into the body two ways, through inhalation of small dust particles and ingestion through the mouth by contact with lead dust on hands, skin, gloves, clothing, tools and food. The requirements for lead users are detailed in the OSHA Lead Standard 1910.1025 and Appendixes B, C & D. Certain precautions help prevent lead from becoming a health hazard and maintain a clean work environment, including hygiene facilities and practices, engineering and work practice controls, respiratory protection, protective work clothing and equipment, compliance programs, mechanical ventilation and housekeeping. The standard stresses that food, beverage or tobacco products are forbidden in areas where employees are exposed to lead. Change rooms and shower facilities must be provided and used. Employees must wash their hands and faces prior to eating, drinking, smoking or applying cosmetics. Good personal hygiene habits are crucial to minimize contact exposure to lead. While the lead standard recognizes the potential for ingestion, it only defines permissible levels of lead in air and in blood. Variables other than lead in air many account for changes in blood lead levels, and lead contamination occurs with workers in “low and no lead” areas. Many lead processors use the Sodium Sulfide Test to help teach plant workers and other personnel – including contractors and even office ...
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