Information for Public Health Officials and Researchers
Here you will find NIOSH surveillance programs and methods for monitoring and measuring lead exposure.
Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology Surveillance (ABLES) Program
The ABLES program is a state-based surveillance program of laboratory-reported adult blood lead levels. It is intended to identify and prevent adult cases of elevated blood lead levels.
NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM), DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 94-113 (1994) NMAM is a collection of methods for sampling and analysis of contaminants in workplace air, and in the blood and urine of workers who are occupationally exposed.
- Method for Lead by FAAS (No. 7082)pdf icon (PDF 39 KB, 7 pages)
- Method for Lead by GFAAS (No. 7105)pdf icon (PDF 24 KB, 4 pages)
- Method for Lead: Elements by ICP (No. 7300)pdf icon (PDF 123 KB, 8 pages)
- Method for Lead Sulfide (No. 7505)pdf icon (PDF 43 KB, 7 pages)
- Method for Lead by Ultrasound/ASV (No. 7701)pdf icon (PDF 119 KB, 4 pages)
- Method for Lead by Field Portable XRF (No. 7702)pdf icon (PDF 26 KB, 4 pages)
- Method for Lead in Surface Wipe Samples (No. 9100)pdf icon (PDF 8 KB, 2 pages)
- Method for Lead in Dust Wipes by Chemical Spot Test (No. 9105)pdf icon (PDF 45 KB, 3 pages)
The Pocket Guide is a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes found in the work environment. Key data provided for each chemical/substance includes name (including synonyms/trade names), structure/formula, CAS/RTECS Numbers, DOT ID, conversion factors, exposure limits, IDLH, chemical and physical properties, measurement methods, personal protection, respirator recommendations, symptoms, and first aid.