While there is a lot of information about asbestos and its control, there is not so much attention given to the less obvious ways in which people can be exposed to lead poisoning. If workers or their families are exposed to lead, their health may be at risk. This is particularly so when young children are concerned. High lead exposure in children can cause neurological and behavioural problems as well as headaches and stomach pain and anaemia. More serious symptoms include kidney damage, nerve and brain damage and infertility.
Workcover NSW regulations stipulate a number of conditions for lead risk work that employers must observe. However, lead exposure commonly occurs in the domestic environment when old homes are renovated and lead dust can accumulate in roof spaces and in garden soil.
IHM can identify and assess the presence of lead in paint, surface dust, soil and air and offer practical control solutions to benefit workers and the public.