Adult blood lead epidemiology and surveillance - United States, first quarter, 1993.
Harrell-B; Woernle-CH; McCammon-J; Dupuy-CJ; Jung-BJ; Lehnherr-M; Howe-H; Jones-S; Gergely-T; Coe-E; Keyvan-E; Rabin-R; Dunbar-P; Carr-A; Solet-D; Royce-K; Gerwel-B; Stone-R; Barnett-M; Gosten-J
MMWR 1993 Jun; 42(22):437-439
Quarterly surveillance data from state based Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance programs for the first quarter of 1993 were presented. There were 4,447 reports of elevated blood lead (7439921) levels in adults in the 16 states in the program. There were 3,360 reports of 25 to 39 micrograms/deciliter (microg/dl), 846 reports of 40 to 49microg/dl, 162 reports of 50 to 59microg/dl, and 79 reports at or above 60microg/dl. An editorial note discussed take home exposure in children, and the detection of parental occupational exposure to lead through follow up of elevated lead levels in children. OSHA standards required that lead contaminated protective clothing and shoes be removed before leaving a workplace. This should reduce the amount of lead being transported into the homes of workers. New standards require that workers in the construction trades be extended regulatory coverage similar to those required under the OSHA lead regulations for general industry workers.
NIOSH-Author; Epidemiology; Blood-analysis; Humans; Biological-monitoring; Occupational-exposure; Lead-poisoning; Families; Environmental-contamination
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report