OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 4 Chemical Hazards, Biological Hazards and Harmful Substances

Section 43 Medical monitoring for lead

(1) An employer must ensure blood lead level testing is available to a worker if the worker at a work site could reasonably be expected to have an elevated body burden of lead.

(2) An employer must ensure that a worker exposed to lead is informed of the availability of the blood lead test.

(3) The employer must pay the cost of a blood level test.

(4) An exposed worker may refuse to undergo a blood level test by giving the employer a written statement refusing it.

(5) An employer must not coerce, threaten or force a worker into refusing part or all of the test.

(6) Where the worker has a blood level that indicates lead poisoning, an occupational health and safety officer, under the direction of a Director of Medical Services, may require the employer to remove the worker from further lead exposure.