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Lead Poisoning: Tips for Those Who Work With Lead - Topic Overview

To avoid lead poisoning if you have a job or hobby that may expose you to lead:

  • Wash your hands a lot, and don't eat or drink around possible lead sources.
  • Follow U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for protection from exposure to lead at work. Your employer should provide these guidelines. For more information, see the Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Lead Poisoning.
  • Shower and change clothes and shoes at work before getting in your car or before you come home, to prevent bringing home lead dust on your clothes and hair. Wash work clothes at your workplace if possible. If washing clothes at work is not possible, wash your clothes separately, and avoid contaminating your car and home.
  • Move your hobby work space to a place away from your home, and wash and change clothes before getting in your car or returning home.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 05, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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