LEAD POISONING

By Derek Boike

Health Effects

  • Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead exposure often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.
  • No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.

Prevention Tips

  • Prevent children from playing in bare soil; if possible, provide them with sandboxes.Regularly wet-mop floors and wet-wipe window components. Regularly wash children’s hands and toys.

Sources of Help

  • For more than 20 years, STELLAR has been used by many state and local childhood lead poisoning prevention programs (CLPPPs) for blood lead surveillance, collection of environmental samples, and individual and environmental case management.

Sources of Lead Pollution

  • Paint (older homes, old toys, furniture, crafts)
  • Dust
  • Soil
  • Drinking Water
  • Air
  • Cosmetics
  • Children's toys and jewelry
  • Workplace and hobbies
  • Imported foods and candies
  • Imported food in cans
  • Firearms w/ lead bullets
  • Car batteries, radiators, some inks, etc.