ES&H Manual



6680 Appendix T2

Lead Handling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Other Related Personal Protective Measures



Jefferson Lab has determined that working with lead carries an unmitigated Risk Code >2. At a minimum all tasks requiring lead are discussed with the supervisor prior to commencement of work. An Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) is written for work considered to be Risk Code >2 in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3210 Work Planning, Control, and Authorization Process.


1.0           Purpose


This appendix provides information regarding the minimum personal protection equipment (PPE) and associated control measures to be utilized during work activities. The information includes how to determine and obtain the appropriate protective measures.    


2.0           Scope


This document addresses minimum PPE required for the safe handling of lead.  Be aware that other items may be required to address associated work activities (e.g. heavy lifting, fire prevention).


The process steps for this procedure are performed in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6680 Lead Handling Program and ES&H Manual Chapter 6620 Personal Protective Equipment Program


3.0           Responsibilities

Note:   Management authority may be delegated to a task-qualified TJNAF employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1            Qualified Lead Worker

·       Abide by these minimum protective measures when working with lead.


NOTE: Consult with Jefferson Lab Occupational Medicine if you have an exposed wound.


3.2            Supervisor, Technical Representatives (TR), and Sponsors

·       Ensure appropriate PPE is available and used during lead handling operations.

3.3            Industrial Hygiene

·       Perform lead work, equipment, and area hazard evaluation and determine required mitigation.


4.0           Process Steps


Unless otherwise stated, only Qualified Lead Workers may perform the process steps outlined below. Individuals must not leave the workplace wearing any required protective clothing or equipment. 


4.1            Appropriate PPE for Work Activities


NOTE: Lead work that exceeds Permissible Exposure Limits[1] (PEL) is considered by Jefferson Lab to be a Risk Code >2 and therefore requires an OSP in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3210 Work Planning, Control, and Authorization Process. Contact Industrial Hygiene to perform a hazard evaluation before moving >10 bricks. 


4.1.1       Brick Movement            Less than or equal to (<) 10

·       Gloves: Made of impermeable material (e.g. leather or rubber).

·       Foot Protection: Safety shoes and/or metatarsal protective coverings are recommended for crush protection. See ES&H Manual Chapter 6620 Personal Protective Equipment Program.

·       Respiratory Protection: Voluntary use. See ES&H Manual Chapter 6630 Respiratory Protection Program for information and requirements.            More than (>)10


4.1.2       Machining

·       In accordance with Work Control Document.


4.1.3       Soldering

·       Safety Glasses


4.2            Post-Work Activities

·       Disposal and Recycle – Perform activities in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6680 Appendix T4 Lead Clean-up Procedures

·       Clean-Up – Wash all exposed skin surfaces (e.g.: hands, face, arms, legs) thoroughly with soap and warm water.


5.0           Revision Summary


Revision 1.2 – 10/28/2022 – changed SOTR to TR; updated 3.0 Note; updated footnote; changed review cycle to 1 year

Revision 1.1 – 06/08/2020 – Periodic Review; no significant changes made.       

Periodic Review – 05/11/18 – No changes per TPOC

Periodic Review – 05/21/15 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 1.0 – 02/02/12 – Updated to reflect current laboratory operations












ES&H Division

Jennifer Williams



1 year



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It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current online file.  This copy was printed on 10/28/2022.

[1] PEL <0.05mg per cubic meter of air averaged over an 8-hour period (see OSHA 1910.1025 - Lead)