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Working safely with lead

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

The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002 (CLAW) place a duty on employers to prevent, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to control employee exposure to lead.

Health effects at lower blood-lead levels

When are you most at risk?

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

Action required by employers

You can reduce lead risk to workers by:

  • reviewing work processes
  • using the right controls - check industry good practice
  • keeping all controls in good working order
  • maintaining good records
  • consulting an appointed doctor about medical surveillance

Employer's responsibility