Sources of Lead Exposure

The primary source of lead exposure for children is lead paint, house dust and lead-contaminated soil.  Adults may be exposed to lead in the workplace.  Other sources, such as traditional home remedies and cosmetics, can contribute to a child's lead exposure.

Product Alerts - Resources and information on product alerts.

Toxic Metals: Lead - Lead is one of the most comment overexposure found in industry and is a primary cause of workplace illness. OSHA is moving towards a 5 year goal of a 15% reduction in the average severity of lead exposure or employee blood lead levels in selected industries and workplaces.

HUD Technical Guidelines for the Evaluation and Control of Lead-Based Paint Hazards in Housing The guidelines provide detailed, comprehensive, technical information on how to identify lead-based paint hazards in housing and manage such hazards safely and efficiently. They are based on the concepts, definitions, and requirements set forth by Congress in Title X of the 1992 Housing and Community Development Act.

Lead in Water: Questions and Answers - Frequently asked questions about lead in drinking water, and links to the federal on the Safe Drinking Water Act.


Additional Resources

"Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home" in English (PDF, 662 KB), Spanish, Vietnamese (PDF, 936 KB), Russian (PDF, 664 KB), Arabic and Somali (PDF 281 KB)

Parents: Look Out for Lead in English (P-44535A; PDF, 92 KB) and Look Out for Lead in Spanish (P-44535S; PDF, 67 KB)

Lead Paint Safety: A Field Guide for Painting, Home Maintenance, and Renovation Work in English (PDF, 1.3 KB) and Spanish (PDF, 1.9 KB)

Last Revised: February 11, 2015