A possible lead exposure incident in the Meson Hall
gaps at triumf.ca
Mon Jun 18 11:05:44 PDT 2018
We want to make sure that this important message reaches everyone.
Please read it carefully and make sure to take any means necessary to keep yourself and your colleagues as safe as possible.
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2018 02:03 PM
Dear TRIUMF Community,
We are investigating a possible workplace lead exposure incident in the Meson Hall. We’re taking this seriously and have brought in both WorkSafeBC and an outside contractor, ACM Environmental (ACM), to work with our own Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) experts to evaluate the situation and recommend a response. A preliminary summary of the situation can be in this memo saved on Docushare, https://documents.triumf.ca/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-157282.
As a precaution, and to ensure safety while we are evaluating our protective measures, our first response is to have employees and visitors follow two directives in addition to existing personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedural requirements. We continue to work with WorkSafeBC and ACM to determine appropriate and effective long-term solutions.
Effective immediately, all employees and visitors are to follow these two new interim directives in addition to existing PPE and procedural requirements:
* When handling lead, wear a fit-tested half-mask respirator with a P100 cartridge.
* When working around surface dust in the Meson Hall, wear lab coats and gloves, and if the work will cause dust to be airborne, wear a respirator.
To arrange fit-testing for a half-mask respirator, contact the Radiation Protection Group (RPG) at RPG at triumfoffice365.onmicrosoft.com<mailto:RPG at triumfoffice365.onmicrosoft.com>. For assistance regarding Meson Hall work, contact facility coordinators for the area or RPG surveyors.
As students and employees, you have a right to know about workplace hazards. For more information on this situation, please see this memo, https://documents.triumf.ca/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-157282. It describes the background of the situation and the steps we are taking to address it. Moreover, it includes links to useful information regarding workplace lead exposure.
Jonathan A. Bagger
t (604) 222.7353
bagger at triumf.ca<mailto:bagger at triumf.ca>
TRIUMF Canada's particle accelerator centre
4004 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 2A3 Canada
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