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Lead (General Industry)
  • Lead exposure occurs in most industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, transportation, and more.
  • Workers who are exposed to lead may suffer neurological effects, gastrointestinal effects, anemia, and kidney disease.

Workers are exposed to lead as a result of the production, use, maintenance, recycling, and disposal of lead material and products. Lead exposure occurs in most industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation, remediation and even recreation.

Lead enters the body primarily through inhalation and ingestion. Adults are mainly exposed by breathing in lead-containing dust and fumes at work, or from hobbies that involve lead. Lead passes through the lungs into the blood where it can harm many of the body’s organ systems. While inorganic lead does not readily enter the body through the skin, it can enter the body through accidental ingestion (eating, drinking, and smoking) via contaminated hands, clothing, and surfaces. Workers may develop a variety of ailments, such as neurological effects, gastrointestinal effects, anemia, and kidney disease.