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Occupational and take-home lead poisoning associated with restoring chemically stripped furniture --- California, 1998.
MMWR 2001 Apr; 50(13):246-248
The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) of the California Department of Health Services and a county health department investigated cases of lead poisoning in six furniture workers and their families in 1998. The investigation, initiated after a blood test of a worker's child revealed an elevated blood lead level (BLL), found that lead remaining in previously painted or coated stripped wood was carried from the workplace on clothes and shoes and was the source of the child's lead exposure and subsequent poisoning. Employers in industries in which workers restore or build using stripped wood should assess lead exposure and, when necessary, should establish a comprehensive lead safety program.
Lead-compounds; Lead-poisoning; Children; Heavy-metals; Heavy-metal-poisoning; Furniture-repair; Furniture-workers
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: April 12, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division