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Watch what you take home, warning about kids and lead risks

By Tim Sandle     Jul 20, 2015 in Health
Washington - These days greater controls are in place about the risks of lead exposure, especially with children, but risks still exist — especially with items brought home from the workplace and when kids get hold of them.
The warning comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health body is concerned about items becoming contaminated with dust from hazardous materials like lead and then being taken home.
The risk of lead exposure, particularly to children, as that the metal enters the blood stream. Prolonged exposure can lead to impairment in cognition, hyperactivity, attention problems, and behavioral problems. Lead poisoning is also known as plumbism, colica pictorum, saturnism, Devon colic, or painter's colic.
For example, back in 2010, the Cincinnati Health Department and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit came across two instances of childhood lead poisoning within the same family.
Then, in 20212, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health came across a case of childhood lead poisonings where a father, who worked at an electronic scrap recycling facility, took material home that was contaminated where the father worked.
Jobs associated with a potential risks of lead poisoning include: smelting or casting lead, removing lead coatings, battery repairs, working with terne roofing, working on elevators, working with petroleum tanks, glaze manufacturing, and producing electronic components.
Lead is still found in, among other things:
House paint before 1978,
Toys and furniture painted before 1976,
Lead bullets, fishing sinkers, curtain weights,
Plumbing, pipes, and faucets,
Contaminated soil,
Pewter pitchers and dinnerware,
The CDC recommends pediatricians inquire about parents’ occupations when high levels of lead are detected in the child’s blood or some aspects of the child’s behaviour raises suspicions. New York state already has a standard questionnaire in place.
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