ES&H Manual



6680 Appendix T4

Lead Clean-Up, Disposal, and Recycle Procedures



1.0             Purpose


This appendix describes the accepted method for lead clean-up and associated disposal or recycle methods. Jefferson Lab only authorizes the following clean-up activities:


·         Surface Wipe Down: tools, equipment, floors, soldering or other surface cleaning.

·         Vacuuming:  Use “Lead-only” HEPA vacuum obtained from Industrial Hygiene.


2.0             Scope


Clean-up activities that allow lead particulates to become airborne are prohibited at Jefferson Lab. Contact Industrial Hygiene concerning disposal of lead and lead-contaminated material.


NOTE: Dry sweeping, scraping, or compressed air, may cause lead particles to become airborne. Operations, other than those listed within this appendix, are considered to have a Risk Code >2 and require a Work Control Document. 


The process steps for this procedure coordinate with ES&H Manual Chapter 6680 Lead Handling Program.


3.0             Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.


3.1              Qualified Lead Worker

·         Abide by clean-up procedures listed below when working with lead.


3.2              Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor

·         Ensure appropriate clean-up procedures are incorporated into work plan and performed to prevent lead from becoming airborne.


3.3              Industrial Hygiene

·         Provide regulatory compliant clean-up training, supplies, and equipment (e.g.: wipes, impermeable containers, “Lead-only” HEPA vacuums).


4.0             Process Steps


Unless otherwise stated the Qualified Lead Worker performs the process steps stated below.


4.1              Clean-up Procedures:


4.1.1        Surface Wipe Down


Step 1:            Prior to commencement of work – obtain from Industrial Hygiene:

·         Training

·         Wet-Wipes (also available from the Stockroom)

·         Cleaning agents

·         For solid surfaces, consider the use of "Decon Gel" for cleaning rather than soap/water solution to minimize wastewater generation. Contact Industrial Hygiene for review of decontamination options.


Step 2:            Upon completion of work, use appropriate cleaning supplies and techniques to wipe down the work surface, or in accordance with training. 


Step 3:            Contact ESH&Q for disposal of used cleaning supplies.


4.1.2        Vacuuming 


Step 1:            Prior to commencement of work – obtain from Industrial Hygiene:

·         Training

·         “Lead-only” HEPA vacuum obtained from Industrial Hygiene

·         Impermeable container


Step 2:            Upon completion of work – use “lead-only” HEPA vacuum obtained from Industrial Hygiene to clean the work surface in accordance with training. 


Step 3:            Collect in the impermeable container:

·         All used clean-up material

·         Used work-related PPE

·         Other disposables personal protective measures. See ES&H Manual Chapter 6680 Appendix T2 Lead Handling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Other Related Personal Protective Measures.


Step 4:            Securely close and label the impermeable container


Step 5:            Return “Lead-only” HEPA vacuum and impermeable container to Industrial Hygiene.


4.1.3        Encapsulate


Step 1:            Obtain Decon Gel from Industrial Hygiene


Step 2:            Paint the contained surface with Decon Gel


Step 3:            Allow at least 24 hours to dry


Step 4:            Peel the dried Decon Gel from the surface


Step 5:            Submit waste to ESH&Q for disposal


4.2              Disposal of Other Lead Contaminated Items


Contact Industrial Hygiene for instructions regarding the disposal of lead and lead contaminated material such as:

·         Rinse water used to clean lead parts

·         Used solder mats

·         Debris from machining

·         Spent “lead-only” HEPA filter vacuum bags used in collection of lead dust

·         Protective sheeting and coverings


4.3              Recycling


Certain material containing lead can be recycled. Contact Jefferson Lab’s Property Manager for a determination. 


5.0             Revision Summary


Revision 1.3 – 07/31/19 – Updated minor typos per CATS#STR-2018-15-01-02

Revision 1.2 – 05/31/17 – Updated lead contaminated clothing sign per CATS# MOA-2016-48-02-01

Revision 1.1 – 11/28/16 – Updated Process Steps per TPOC 

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

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











ESH&Q Division

Jennifer Williams





This document is controlled as an on-line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 7/31/2019.