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Working safely with lead

Working with lead can put your health at risk, causing diseases including headaches, stomach pains and anemia. Other serious symptoms include kidney damage, nerve and brain damage and infertility.

The Control of Lead at Work regulations require employers to control worker exposure to Lead.

When are you most at risk?

Lead paint flaking off a metal surface

Find out which work processes create lead dust, fume or vapour; how your body absorbs lead and what you should do protect your health.

More about highest risk

What do employers have to do?

  • Assess the risk
  • Introduce control measures, and carry out air monitoring if exposure is ‘significant’
  • Ensure high standards of personal hygiene
  • Place employees under medical surveillance if exposure is ‘significant’
  • Provide employees with information, instruction and training

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