08.08.2008

Lead poisoning

Lead poisoning, caused chiefly by the inhalation of dust and fumes, is a common
hazard in the construction industry. Employees involved in demolition, salvage,
removal, encapsulation, cleanup and renovation operations are particularly at
risk. Lead dust can also be carried home from work on clothing, skin, or hair,
so it is important for everyone to take proper preventive measures against
exposure.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration offers
some pointers how to behave and react:

  • Know the symptoms of lead overexposure, such as abdominal pain, headaches and
    loss of motor coordination.

  • Use personal protective equipment, such as gloves, nonpermeable clothing and
    approved respirators.

  • Wash your hands and face thoroughly before eating.

  • Away from work, never wear clothes and shoes that were worn during periods of
    possible lead exposure.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration