HC Deb 24 July 1973 vol 860 c506W
Mr. Adam Butler

asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether any action has been agreed on improved protection in the lead industry, as a result of the consultations following the publication of the Windeyer Committee's Report.

Mr. McLaren

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what has been the outcome of the consultations between his Department and both sides of the lead industry to which he referred in his answer of 26th July 1972.

Mr. Dudley Smith

A working group, on which the CBI, TUC, employers' associations and Her Majesty's Factory Inspectorate were represented, was established to consider the problem. As a first step the group has compiled a code of practice dealing with health precautions in the lead industry and this will be published in August. The code was prepared with the active co-operation of representatives of the smelting and refining and lead accumulator sections of the industry but much of it is relevant to all factories where there is a lead risk. The code advises in detail on control of dust and fumes; housekeeping and personal hygiene; environmental monitoring; respiratory protective equipment; and health education, training and joint consultation.

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