Lead Solder-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lead Solder

metal cableFrom time to time, we find examples of lead-containing solder in laboratories.  It is important to know that exposure to lead, which is more easily received when the lead is heated, is a serious health hazard.  If you use solder, please check to see whether it is lead-containing.  If you can swap it out for non-lead solder, that would be great!  (Dispose of the lead item as hazardous waste.)  With any solder, it is important that it be used in a well-ventilated area—a fume hood would be excellent!  It is also important that one does not position one’s head directly over the soldering process—that incurs additional exposure to the components of the process.  For further information, please check this link to a document outlining safety procedures for lead (and other) soldering:

http://www.cmu.edu/ehs/chemical/Lead%20Soldering%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

By: Mark Banister, markb2@andrew.cmu.edu, 42-268-1493