Officials to investigate elevated levels of lead dust
January 7, 2010
PITTSBURGH —The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry will respond to an employee complaint of highly elevated lead dust levels — levels the employee said supervisors have known about since August — with an investigation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to the story, Nina Ewall, a county inspector with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, filed the complaint claiming the dust levels in Building One of the Lawrenceville office complex are a health risk to employees.
Ewall wrote in her complaint: "As a public health organization, we should be a model for our community to follow. I find it absurd to be inspecting houses for lead and requiring remediation in the course of my duties when my own agency finds that such levels are acceptable for its own employees."
According to the story, other employees in the building began complaining of health problems after the finding of elevated levels of lead dust, but Executive Director of the Allegheny County Health Department Bruce Dixon said he does not believe the dust poses a health risk for adult workers, saying "by and large adults don''t have overt effects from lead exposure."
Department of Labor and Industry spokesman David Smith said that inspectors will be on site "soon," but declined to give the length of the investigation or what methods inspectors will use, the story added.
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