Lead poisoning is one biggest environmental threat to the health of people who have been exposed. When lead dust is breathed-in, the body absorbs higher levels of lead. However, in many cases, it doesn’t matter if a person also swallows, or absorbs lead particles in any other forms as the health effects are the same.
You may not know you are being exposed to lead as lead dust and lead fumes do not have an odour. So it is important to understand how lead exposure occurs, whether it is in your job or at home. You can then have a lead inspection done by experts and take steps to lower your chances of being exposed.
NCPI is a professional lead inspection and reporting company. We provide services for domestic & commercial buildings all across Australia. Contact us to conduct a thorough lead inspection. Protect yourself and others around you from lead contamination.
What is lead poisoning?
Lead whether inhaled or swallowed is an accumulative poison. Lead poisoning is a type of metal poisoning caused by lead in the body. It is also known as saturnism and plumbism.
Lead in the body is toxic and affects multiple body systems. Lead poisoning is particularly harmful to young children.
Lead absorption in our bodies
When lead is absorbed within our bodies, it gets stored in our bones, blood, and tissues. Lead does not stay in our bodies permanently. It is stored as a source of continual internal exposure. As our bodies age and bones demineralise, the internal exposures may increase. This results in larger releases of lead from the bone tissue.
Research data in Australia shows that between 45% and 70% of lead in blood comes from long-term tissue lead stores. The presence of tissue lead in blood results in the long-term health risks of lead exposure.
Lead exposure is a common possibility
It is important to be aware of lead contamination levels at your property. You can be exposed to lead in some of the following ways:
- Lead dust, fumes or mist are generated through lead in paint.
- Lead exposure occurs in any industry in lead or metal based processes.
- Adults with certain occupations and industries where they are more likely to come in contact with lead are at particular risk of lead exposure at work.
- Lead based materials used in new house, office or commercial space constructions.
- Homeowners need to have their property tested for lead when doing renovations.
- Lead exposure can also happen by contaminated air, water, dust, food, or consumer products.
- Children are generally at a greater risk of lead poisoning. Children tend to put objects containing lead paint into their mouth and hence they absorb a greater proportion of lead.
- Lead can be absorbed through skin, or if you handle lead and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Get your property tested for lead today
NCPI has years of experience in the industry. NCPI is a leader in the field of lead inspection, lead sampling, lead analysis and lead reporting. We have been providing dependable, affordable lead inspections for residential and commercial buildings. Protect your home and business by getting your property tested by our licensed lead inspectors.
At NCPI, our labs are accredited by National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). Our professional reports are typically available within 48 hours of receipt.