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Occupational Lead Exposure

Lead is one of the most common overexposures found in industry and is a primary cause of workplace illness. Learn about lead in the workplace and how occupational exposure to lead can be prevented. Adults need to be concerned for their own health, and parents need to prevent exposing their child by bringing lead home on their clothes or skin.

Lead can cause reproductive problems in both men and women. Men can experience testicular problems and women are more likely to develop hypertension while pregnant. Adverse birth outcomes such as increased risk of spontaneous abortion, preterm delivery and infant low birth weight are related to lead exposure of the mother while pregnant. A child exposed to lead in utero is more likely to experience developmental delays and reduced IQ after birth.

Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) The Wisconsin ABLES program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood lead levels. The program objective is to build state capacity to initiate, expand, or improve adult blood lead surveillance programs which can accurately measure trends in adult blood lead levels and which can effectively intervene to prevent lead over-exposures.

Occupational Health Programs Describes the state and federal programs that monitor safety and health in the work place including data that the programs collect and analyze.

Toxic Metals: Lead (Exit DHS) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established the reduction of lead exposure to be a high strategic priority.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (Exit DHS) NIOSH, an Institute with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides publications about lead in the work place.

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Last Revised:  February 24, 2014