OSHA wants to reduce lead exposures on the job by 15 percent by the end of fiscal year 2002, and has announced a "national emphasis" program to reach that goal.

The program will cover complaints and referrals, and will set targeted inspections in industries or worksites where there is a potential for lead exposure. OSHA area offices throughout the country will develop a list of workplaces under their jurisdiction that are likely to be involved in lead-related activities. Inspections will include operations with fewer than ten employees.

Inspection targets include construction sites where welding, cutting, brazing or blasting on lead paint surfaces occurs; most smelter operations; radiator repair shops; and firing ranges.