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Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Repealed version for 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017 (accessed 27 June 2019 at 01:58)
Chapter 7 Part 7.2 Division 1
Division 1 Lead process
392   Meaning of “lead process”
In this Part, a lead process consists of any of the following carried out at a workplace:
(a)  work that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from the manufacture or handling of dry lead compounds,
(b)  work in connection with the manufacture, assembly, handling or repair of, or parts of, batteries containing lead that involves the manipulation of dry lead compounds, or pasting or casting lead,
(c)  breaking up or dismantling batteries containing lead, or sorting, packing and handling plates or other parts containing lead that are removed or recovered from the batteries,
(d)  spraying molten lead metal or alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal,
(e)  melting or casting lead alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal in which the temperature of the molten material exceeds 450°C,
(f)  recovering lead from its ores, oxides or other compounds by thermal reduction process,
(g)  dry machine grinding, discing, buffing or cutting by power tools alloys containing more than 5% by weight of lead metal,
(h)  machine sanding or buffing surfaces coated with paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead,
(i)  a process by which electric arc, oxyacetylene, oxy gas, plasma arc or a flame is applied for welding, cutting or cleaning, to the surface of metal coated with lead or paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead metal,
(j)  radiator repairs that may cause exposure to lead dust or lead fumes,
(k)  fire assays if lead, lead compounds or lead alloys are used,
(l)  hand grinding and finishing lead or alloys containing more than 50% by dry weight of lead,
(m)  spray painting with lead paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead,
(n)  melting lead metal or alloys containing more than 50% by weight of lead metal if the exposed surface area of the molten material exceeds 0.1 square metre and the temperature of the molten material does not exceed 450°C,
(o)  using a power tool, including abrasive blasting and high pressure water jets, to remove a surface coated with paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead and handling waste containing lead resulting from the removal,
(p)  a process that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from manufacturing or testing detonators or other explosives that contain lead,
(q)  a process that exposes a person to lead dust or lead fumes arising from firing weapons at an indoor firing range,
(r)  foundry processes involving:
(i)  melting or casting lead alloys containing more than 1% by weight of lead metal in which the temperature of the molten material exceeds 450°C, or
(ii)  dry machine grinding, discing, buffing or cutting by power tools lead alloys containing more than 1% by weight of lead metal,
(s)  a process decided by the regulator to be a lead process under clause 393.
393   Regulator may decide lead process
(1)  The regulator may decide that a process to be carried out at a workplace is a lead process.
(2)  The regulator must not decide that the process is a lead process unless the regulator is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the process creates a risk to the health of a worker at the workplace having regard to blood lead levels of workers, or airborne lead levels, at the workplace.
Note.
 A decision that a process is a lead process is a reviewable decision (see clause 676).
(3)  The regulator must, within 14 days after a decision is made under subclause (1), give written notice of the decision to the person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace.
394   Meaning of “lead risk work”
In this Part, lead risk work means work carried out in a lead process that is likely to cause the blood lead level of a worker carrying out the work to exceed:
(a)  for a female of reproductive capacity—10µg/dL (0.48µmol/L), or
(b)  in any other case—30µg/dL (1.45µmol/L).
395   Duty to give information about health risks of lead process
(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking that carries out a lead process must give information about the lead process to:
(a)  a person who is likely to be engaged to carry out the lead process—before the person is engaged, and
(b)  a worker for the business or undertaking—before the worker commences the lead process.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(2)  If work is identified as lead risk work after a worker commences the work, the person conducting a business or undertaking must give information about the lead process to the worker as soon as practicable after it is identified as lead risk work and before health monitoring of the worker is provided under Division 4 of this Part.
Maximum penalty:
(a)  in the case of an individual—$6,000, or
(b)  in the case of a body corporate—$30,000.
(3)  The information that must be given is:
(a)  information about the health risks and toxic effects associated with exposure to lead, and
(b)  if the lead process involves lead risk work—the need for, and details of, health monitoring under Division 4 of this Part.