Lead may be a health hazard on the job. People working as painters, remodelers, auto repair workers, plumbers and battery factory workers can be exposed to lead on the job. Follow these safety rules to help protect you and your family.
- Wear protective equipment and clothing on the job.
- Change your clothes, take a shower and wash your hair before leaving the job.
- Do not shake out these work clothes and do not wash them with other clothing. Clean washable work clothing separately form other clothes. Run the rinse cycle once before using the washer again.
Do not eat, drink or smoke in an area where lead is used.
The best way to prevent lead poisoning among young children is to remove the source of lead. If you cannot remove peeling or chipping lead-based paint right away, block the area with a heavy chair so a child cannot get to it. You can also shut the door to a room, or move a crib or bed away from the wall. Remove the lead source promptly and safely.
Protect your child from lead dust by wet washing the floors and wiping down your window sills, woodwork, chairs and tables often. Be sure to wash your child's hands, face and toys often with soap and water.