Lead poisoning is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. It occurs when excessive levels of lead build up in the body.
Exposure to lead can occur in a variety of ways including contaminated air, soil, food and water. It can also be found on some paints used on older buildings and toys. However, the most common cause for lead poisoning is through occupational work.
Michael Lewin Solicitors are a leading law firm in handling industrial disease claims and we have successfully retrieved compensation for thousands of clients with a very high success rate. Our specialist industrial disease solicitors are dedicated to get justice and compensation for anyone that is suffering from a work-related illness.
If you, or someone you know is suffering from or suspects they’re suffering from lead poisoning at work, you could make a claim for significant compensation. Contact us today to find out if you have a claim on 0113 200 9787 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What Is Lead Poisoning?
Lead is a toxic heavy metal and it is found in many products such as paints, glass , plastic and rubber compounds.
Lead exposure is one of the oldest workplace hazards. People have been mining and using lead for thousands of years, efforts to limit leads use date back to at least the 1500’s. The two routes for lead to enter the body are:
- Inhalation of dusts or fumes containing lead
- Swallowing of lead containing materials
Lead Poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body. Lead is very toxic to the human body and continuous or repeated exposure can cause serious problems to the kidneys, nervous system and it is suspected of causing cancer.
High levels of exposure over a short period of time can cause acute poisoning. Long term exposure to lower doses cause chronic poisoning, the symptoms of which are harder to spot.
What Are The Main Symptoms Of Lead Poisoning?
These are the following symptoms associated with acute lead poisoning:
- Muscle Weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea / vomiting
- Diarrhea / constipation
- Kidney damage
- In rare occasions inflammation of the brain
The main symptoms of chronic poisoning are as follows:
- Gastointesinal symptoms
- Loss of Short term memory
- Abdominal Pain
Effects On Children?
A fetus in the womb of a woman who is suffering from lead poisoning is at a greater risk of being born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
Lead is absorbed at a faster rate in children compared to adults , which in turn causes more physical harm than it does to adults.
Signs Of Lead Poisoning Amongst Children Are:
- Loss of Appetite
- Abdominal Pain
- Weight Loss
- Kidney Failure
Slow development of normal childhood behaviours, such as talking and use of words , are both commonly seen.
What Common Work Environments Could Cause Lead Exposure?
There are a number of different work types that may cause exposure to Lead. The most common are as follow:
1. Handling / working with solid lead sheet
Significant lead exposure could occur if the work involves stripping old Lead sheets from a roof if the underside is corroded.
If welding on lead is carried out in a confined space with inadequate ventilation the risk of any Lead exposure could be significant.
3. Renovation, Repair and Painting work
Most old houses will contain some lead based paint. When properties are not maintained the lead paint flakes and peels off, at which point it can be inhaled. Uncontained dust and debris from renovation works or repainting can expose to unsafe levels of Lead.
What Measures Should Employers Take To Protect Their Employers?
Action must be take when:
1. Exposure exceeds half the occupational exposure limit for lead
2. There is a substantial risk of the employee ingesting lead
3. There is a risk of an employee’s skin coming in contact with lead
In The Above Circumstances The Following Action Must Be Taken:
- Employees must always be given Lead safety information and training by their employer
- Any potential risk to exposure to Lead must be records within a written risk assessment to include details on how to deal with unexpected exposure to dust etc.
- Provide and suitable and appropriate personal protective equipment such as breathing equipment
- Undertake regular health checks on employers who have a foreseeable risk of exposure
- Ensure breaks are taken in designated areas away from any dust / fumes
- Avoid Lead dust becoming airborne by using tools with suitable extraction
- A process in place to report defective equipment
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If you have any of the above symptoms and are exposed to lead through your work it may be that you are suffering from occupational lead poisoning.
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