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Many worry about lead in their homes or in the environment, but for some, the workplace may offer the greatest potential for exposure. Here you'll find information about workplace lead and what workers and employers can do to lower exposure.

Lead is a toxic metal that is also used in burning fossil fuels. It can be combined with other metals to produce alloys. Lead and lead alloys are often used to make batteries, ammunition, and other metal products. Years ago, lead was also used regularly in paint, ceramics, caulk, and pipe solder among other things. Because of its potential health problems, the amount of lead used in these products today has lessened or has been removed. Though used less often, lead is still common in many industries, including construction, mining, and manufacturing. In each of these industries, workers are at risk of being exposed to lead, by breathing it in, ingesting it, or coming in contact with it.

Learn more about workplace lead exposure and how you can keep yourself and your family safe.

 
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  • Page last reviewed: September 30, 2013
  • Page last updated: September 30, 2013
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