Responsible, Ethical, Caring Employers

The top priority for North American lead battery recyclers is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our employees, their families and local communities. We comply with the most stringent environmental, health and safety (EHS) standards in the world. And we take our commitment further by setting our internal goals even higher.

Raising the Bar on Health and Safety

Our recycling facilities implement comprehensive employee health and safety programs and training. We make substantial investments in on-site hygiene programs designed to protect our employees from exposure to hazardous substances, implement extensive employee training; and employ sophisticated safety and environmental equipment, and advanced controls and monitoring.

Lead battery employee health and safety

Environmental, Health and Safety Facts

Our U.S. recycling companies, on average:

  • Invested more than $70 million per facility in EHS improvements between 2010-2020, including advanced, high-efficiency air-filtration systems to ensure a safe workplace and minimize environmental emissions.
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  • Spend about 23% of their annual operating budget on EHS, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and dedicated EHS personnel.
  • Have 10% of their on-site employees working in jobs focused on EHS.
  • Devote about 15,000 hours to EHS training every year.
  • Implement effective routine workplace cleaning protocols and equipment maintenance.

Strict Monitoring of Employee Blood Lead Levels (BLLs)

Like all manufacturing sectors, our work has inherent risks. Regularly monitoring the amount of lead in an employee’s blood is the standard for measuring and minimizing lead exposure. We have BLL management policies that are significantly more rigorous than required by law. Our member companies also confer with outside experts, including third-party testing labs, regarding employee testing and results. The objective is to keep an employee’s lead exposure well below that mandated by current Federal standards.

BLL Industry Data

  • At the end of 2020, the average employee BLL across all U.S. lead battery recyclers was 10.9µg/dL.
  • This is lower than the average BLL of the U.S. general population in the period a generation ago (1976-1980).
  • It is significantly lower than the National Emphasis Program target for OSHA of 25 ug/dL, as well as the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) who established a biological exposure index (BEI) of 20 ug/dL; a value that reflects the opinion of the scientific community, of not creating an unreasonable risk of disease or injury.

Protecting Communities and the Environment

U.S. lead battery recycling facilities operate to some of the world’s most stringent environmental standards designed to minimize emissions of hazardous substances. They are committed to adopting world-leading control measures to ensure the highest level of environmental protection.

Environmental Data

  • Today U.S. lead battery recyclers’ total lead emissions to air are less than 1% of the total U.S. air lead emissions.
  • There are fence-line air monitors at every U.S lead battery recycler that continuously monitor air quality to ensure that lead-in-air levels meet federal air quality standards.
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Committed to Continuous Improvement

ABR member companies don’t operate in silos. We collaborate and share environmental, health and safety best practices to collectively advance the industry as a whole. This includes making substantial voluntary investments and holding ourselves accountable through the development of an industry-wide material stewardship program, LeadBattery360°.