NIOSH targets persistent work-related lead exposure

  Higher blood lead levels remain a risk for many workers despite efforts to reduce exposure. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health warns that cases persist, and recent research suggests that adverse health effects are associated even with lower lead exposures.

It is especially prevalent in construction, mining, and manufacturing and is often used to make batteries, alloys and other metal products.

Breathing it in, ingesting it, or coming into contact with it can expose workers. Exposure can lead to impairment and damage to the body’s nervous, hematologic, reproductive, renal, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems.

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NIOSH targets persistent work-related lead exposure was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry