Lead Testing in the Workplace: Why Is It So Important?

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Lead is a heavy metal found naturally in the earth’s crust; and for many years it was used extensively in construction and plumbing, among other things, due to its unique properties. However, in the late 19th century it was discovered that lead is highly toxic to mammals; and when high levels of this neurotoxin accumulate in the body it can lead to convulsions, coma, and even death.

Today, the group that are most at risk of lead poisoning are adults in the workplace; particularly those working in the smelting, refining, alloying, and casting sector. It is difficult to detect the presence of lead due to the fact that it can’t be smelled, tasted, or seen; so you may not realize you’ve been exposed to it until you begin to exhibit the symptoms of lead poisoning.

Lead testing in the workplace is important in order to maintain the health, safety, and wellbeing of your workforce. Paint Inspection Ltd have put together this handy infographic that goes into more detail about the dangers of lead in the workplace and what can be done to keep everyone safe…