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Exposure to lead

There has been an overall reduction in the number of British workers under medical surveillance for work with lead over the past decade. Women have consistently accounted for a small proportion of the total under surveillance, and the number of young people (under 18 years) under surveillance remains very low. The number and proportion of workers with higher levels of blood-lead concentrations have decreased substantially over the past decade.

It has recently become apparent that previously published statistics for 2012/13 were subject to undercounting. These statistics have therefore been temporarily withdrawn. The issue is being investigated with the intention of producing a revised figure as soon as possible.

The most recent medical surveillance data show:

The total number of British lead workers under medical surveillance since 2003/04 The total number of British lead workers under medical surveillance since 2003/04

Updated 2015-03-24