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
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.
Programs Describes the state and federal programs that monitor
safety and health
in the work place including data that the programs collect and analyze.
DHS) The Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) has established the
reduction of lead exposure to be a high strategic priority.
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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