Health Risks & Prevention

Lead & Your Body

How lead enters your body The main ways that human bodies absorb lead are by breathing lead-contaminated air and swallowing lead-contaminated particles. The proportion of lead absorbed depends on several factors including the solubility of the lead contaminant, the size of the lead particles, and the person’s age, sex, and diet. Lead that is absorbed...

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Lead & Your Children

Who is at risk? Children aged 0 – 5 years of age are at the greatest risk of developing health issues from elevated blood lead levels as lead is toxic to the human body. Children absorb a higher proportion of swallowed lead than adults. Young children are at higher risk of lead absorption as they...

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Lead & Pregnancy

Who is at risk? Pregnant women are at high risk of transferring lead to the foetus. In pregnant women, lead in the bloodstream can cross the placenta into the foetus’s blood. What is the risk to my unborn child’s health? The developing unborn foetus is at greatest risk of health issues from elevated blood lead...

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Lead & Breastfeeding

Who is at risk? Your new born baby is at very high risk of elevated blood lead levels from you if you have an elevated blood lead level. Lead will transfer to your new baby through your breast milk, causing your baby to have elevated blood lead levels, if your child is exposed to high...

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Lead & Your Home

How can I reduce the amount of lead dust in my home? There are few simple and easy ways to reduce the amount of lead dust in your home, by following these guidelines you will be reducing the risk of elevated blood lead levels in your children and family: Place door mats at entrances to...

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Diet & Lead Absorption

Are there foods that can assist in reducing the risk of elevated blood lead levels? There are vitamins and minerals that can assist in reducing the risk of elevated blood lead levels in your children and family. The Alliance has developed many recipe books incorporating these vitamins and minerals into recipes. Vitamin C: is an...

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Lead & Your Garden

How do I reduce the risk of my children picking up lead dust from the garden? There are several things that you can do to reduce the risk of your children picking up lead dust in your garden and playing outside: It is essential that your children wash their hands regularly, especially after playing outside...

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Lead & the Workplace

How do I reduce the risk of bring home lead dust from my workplace? If you work at Mount Isa Mines and especially the lead smelter you are at great risk of bringing home lead dust from the work place, to prevent this Mount Isa Mines has a stringent wash in wash out facility and...

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