The Prevention of Take Home Lead Helps to Reduce Turnover Rates
Workers who take home lead from work expose their families to lead and have personal exposure that continues for 24 hours. They have higher blood lead levels than their co-workers. Workers with elevated blood lead levels have greater turnover rates. In a strong and growing economy with plenty of jobs available, the lead industry must compete for workers. A worker with excess lead exposure feels poorly and will take more sick days. Contract workers who feel poorly will quit sooner than if they feet well.
We will review current best practices for clean-up before breaks and at the end of shift so the exposure to lead ends at the plant door. Individual clean-up is a critical part of the blood lead reduction program and has helped many lead battery manufacturers and recyclers to reduce their turnover rates.
This paper is submitted for presentation at both the Secondary Lead Conference and the Asian Battery Conference.
For over 40 years, Daniel Askin has focused on the implementation and improvement of blood lead reduction programs and the design of ventilation. He has completed environmental and health improvement projects in over 175 lead processing facilities around the world. He continues to develop new product, process and procedural innovations for reducing blood lead levels and air lead levels of workers and provides on-site training and consulting services in upgrading Environmental Health and Safety Programs in Lead Factories.