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.


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 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


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:             Dispose of used cleaning supplies in standard waste receptacle, or in accordance with training.


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, and

·         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.


4.2              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


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





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