Unsafe Work Practices

What activities are considered unsafe work practices?

According to ORC 3742.44, The following activities shall be considered unsafe work practices due to the likelihood that engaging in the activities will create lead hazards, and in no event shall any person engage in the following activities when implementing the essential maintenance practices portion of the preventive treatments specified in section 3742.41 of the Revised Code:

  • Open flame burning or torching;
  • Machine sanding or grinding without a HEPA local vacuum exhaust tool;
  • Abrasive blasting or sandblasting without a HEPA local vacuum exhaust tool;
  • Use of a heat gun operating above one thousand one hundred degrees Fahrenheit;
  • Charring paint;
  • Dry sanding;
  • Dry scraping, except when done as follows:
    • In conjunction with a heat gun operating at not more than one thousand one hundred degrees Fahrenheit;
    • Within one foot of an electrical outlet;
    • To treat defective paint spots totaling not more than two square feet in an interior room or space or twenty square feet on an exterior surface.
  • Uncontained hydroblasting or high-pressure washing;
  • Paint stripping in a poorly ventilated space using a volatile stripper that is considered a hazardous substance under 16 C.F.R. 1500.3 or a hazardous chemical under 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200 or 29 C.F.R. 1926.59 in the type of work being performed.

Note that the list of unsafe work practices in Ohio law is more stringent than the list of prohibited practices in the RRP Rule on page 23 of the Small Entity Compliance Guide.

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