Lead

Toxic or Not?

What is Lead?

Physical and chemical properties

  • Soft, Malleable, ductile,

  • Blueish white color, a bright luster,

  • Resistant to corrosion, poor conductor

  • 82nd Element on the Periodic Table


Fun Facts

  • Back then

    • Lead pipes were originally used by the Romans

      • They did not know the harmful effects of lead poisoning

      • Lead poisoning helped cause the downfall of the Roman Empire

    • Used as an additive in face paint

      • Whitening make-up

    • Preservative for food and drink

    • Pesticides


  • Today/Modern Time

    • Radiation Shields for X-rays and nuclear reactors

    • Absorber of sound and vibration

Common Products that Include Lead

  • Lead pipes

  • Ammunition

  • Paint chips

  • Automobile emissions

  • Lead-acid batteries

  • Fertilizers and pesticides

  • Solder

  • Industrial material

Health and Environmental Dangers

Health impacts

  • Damages the central nervous system

  • Can cause weakness in the body’s joints

  • Can damage organs

  • Harms the ability to form red blood cells

  • Lead poisoning can lead to death




Environmental impacts

  • Microorganisms can be wiped out

  • Slows the decomposition rate of matter

  • Population rates of plants, microorganism and invertebrates are affected

  • Soil can absorb lead and the lead can stay there for many years

  • Coats the surface of the leaves (on plants) and reduces the sunlight that comes in, weaking or killing the plant

  • Long term lead exposure can kill animals

Reducing the Risk of Lead

How to reduce exposure to toxin

  • Buy non-lead based paint

  • Do not create lead pipes

  • Clean floors and windows from dust, which may contain lead dust

  • Shower and clean yourself

  • Do not burn lead based items near house (such as lead paint)

  • Do not use lead bullets

  • Try and avoid using solder


Alternative Products you can buy

  • Water paint or any other type of paint

  • Other metal pipes (Aluminum, steel, etc)

  • Any other type of bullets

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