Lead is a natural element found in all parts of our environment – the air, the soil, the water. Although it has some beneficial uses, prolonged exposure can have bad health effects. Lead exposure from paint, dust and soil, and other sources in and around your home or at the work environment can be dangerous if not managed properly. Lead can be toxic to humans and animals. To be protected from lead contamination, it is best to have a lead inspection and sampling done of your homes and business premises by a professional and accredited service provider like NCPI. Our labs are also accredited for lead analysis and reporting.
Lead exposure from a range of sources.
A wide variety of products used in and around our homes or work places are made of lead and lead compounds. These are common household or construction products like ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders. Even items such as batteries, ammunition and cosmetics can contain certain amounts of lead.
Lead exposure can occur from past use of fuel like leaded gasoline, and in the past use of lead-based paint in homes.
Lead can also be found in the soil around homes. In such cases, it comes from paint chips, dust, as well as renovations to a home.
Contaminated sites such as former lead smelters and other industrial facilities with mining and refining activities can also cause substantial increases in lead levels in the environment.
This is extremely dangerous as lead is released in the air from these industrial sources or from a spark-ignition engine craft that may travel long distances. As it settles to the ground along the way, it sticks to soil particles.
These lead particles from the soil can move into the groundwater depending on the soil characteristics and type of lead compound.
In fact, lead exposure to high amounts can have extremely serious outcomes.
Lead exposure can occur through three main routes.
Through inhalation, lead can easily enter the body by breathing in lead fumes and lead dust. This happens as fine lead particles can penetrate deep into the lungs. These particles can then pass rapidly into the blood.
Through ingestion – Employees in workplaces where lead dust is present need to be extremely careful. If hands are not washed before meals they could be eating contaminated food and drinking lead-contaminated water. Smokers may also end up taking in lead dust on their hands or cigarettes accidentally.
Through absorption – Lead absorption happens through the skin or mucus membranes. This occurs when fine lead particles, leaded lubricants, leaded petrol or leaded gasoline are handled without gloves or protective cream.
Protect Your Family and Business from Lead exposure.
To reduce lead exposure, learn about potential lead hazards and the risk to health and the environment. Also, find out more information and implement lead-safe work practices.
The most important action is to have your home or business premises tested for lead. Get a lead-based inspection and lead sampling done immediately. This will tell you to what level of lead contamination your home or business is affected. A lead-based risk assessment with analysis and reporting will assist you in deciding how to deal with it.
When you need the best in the business, you can turn to NCPI.
At NCPI, we provide lead inspection, sampling, analysis and reporting services all across Australia. Our qualified teams work hard to ensure that your family or workers and others are sufficiently safeguarded from exposure to lead hazards.