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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.

Figures for 2012/13 that were recently withdrawn due to undercounting have now been replaced with estimated figures which have been produced by taking into account the reporting patterns of doctors carrying out medical surveillance during the years 2010/11 to 2013/14.

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 2016-01-29