Lead industry adds to Guidance Notes series for improving risk management
The International Lead Association (ILA) has added to its improvement programme on risk management and responsible care with the publication of a freely-available new guide for workers and managers in the lead industry in the developing world.
The publication Control and Monitoring of Atmospheric Emissions, produced by the ILA in conjunction with the International Lead Management Center (ILMC), aims to explain in a non-technical way how to manage and minimise the risks of lead exposure and contamination. The guide identifies where potential emissions can originate, methods of control and procedures for testing and analysis.
This is the fourth guide in the series to be published, the others covering General Information for Managers and Workers, Design of Changing Rooms and Washing Facilities, Effluent Control and Monitoring. They are available from the ILA on its website and include 10 golden rules for the protection of lead industry workers.
ILA Managing Director, Dr Andy Bush, said: “These ILA Guidance Notes under the banner Working Safely with Lead are designed to be easily understood by workers and managers in all areas of lead production, manufacturing and recycling wherever its location. They form an important part of the ILA’s Lead Action 21 (LA21) programme of responsible care, which sets out to embed the principles of sustainable development throughout the lead producing world, including the developing world and countries in transition.”
The recycling of used lead-based batteries, in some countries well above 90%, has been one of the success stories of the lead industry in recent years. However implementing the required regulatory standards has remained a challenge for some lead facilities in developing countries. Work to support and improve the management of lead in such countries is carried out on behalf of the ILA by the ILMC. The ILMC works with industry, the Basel Secretariat (SBC), government environment agencies and intergovernmental bodies, such as the UN International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG ). ILMC also collaborates with NGOs such as the Blacksmith Institute.
In recent years, the risk management principles set out in these published guides have been used by the ILMC at used lead acid battery (ULAB) recycling plants in countries ranging from Costa Rica and Guatemala in Central America to Senegal, in west Africa. Among the improvements it has assisted with are the design and construction of new changing and eating facilities and the introduction of polices for personal protective equipment.
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About the ILA
The International Lead Association is a membership body that supports companies involved in the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. The ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead.
With offices in the UK and USA the ILA provides a range of technical, scientific and communications support and is focused on all aspects of the industry’s safe production, use and recycling of lead and helps funds bodies such as the International Lead Management Center and the International Lead Zinc Research Organization. Visit www.ila-lead.org
About the ILMC
The International Lead Management Center (ILMC) was created in 1996 by the international lead industry, in conjunction with the OECD. The ILMC offers hands-on advice and assistance from its experts in developing countries and nations in transition across the globe. It works with the lead industry, the Basel Secretariat (SBC), government environment agencies and intergovernmental bodies, such as the UN International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) and NGOs such as the Blacksmith Institute.
The ILMC assists with the management of the risks associated with lead and its impact on the environment and human health across all aspects of the lead industry from mining, smelting, refining, product manufacturing and recycling. For more information on the work of the ILMC please contact [email protected]