High lead levels found at Sac State hall; workers tested

Aug 29, 2016 by

Danger signs hang from locked doors and sheets of plastic and tape seal windows at Sacramento State’s Santa Clara Hall. The sound of vacuums drones inside.

Abatement specialists have been working since Monday to remove lead dust discovered by campus employees while doing tests in preparation for the renovation of the nearly 60-year-old building, according to campus officials.

The high levels of lead were initially found on the floor of a machine shop used by employees in the building that houses engineering and computer science classes. Further tests found elevated levels of lead in five student labs.

The high levels of lead likely resulted from soldering and welding using lead, as well as the casting of lead hammers in the workshops, a practice that was stopped in 2010, said Steve Leland, CSUS director of Environmental Health and Safety.

“Once the lead was detected, locks were put on the doors and everything was barricaded off,” Leland said.

Source: High lead levels found at Sac State hall; workers tested | The Sacramento Bee

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