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Lead in Construction 2003: OSHA Brochure #3142-09R
Last Updated: 12/30/2009
Pure lead (Pb) is a heavy metal at room temperature and pressure. A basic chemical element, it can combine with various other substances to form numerous lead compounds.
Lead has been poisoning workers for thousands of years. Lead can damage the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, hematological system, and kidneys.
When absorbed into the body in high enough doses, lead can be toxic. In addition, workers’ lead exposure can harm their children’s development. Short-term (acute) overexposure–as short as days--can cause acute encephalopathy, a condition affecting the brain that develops quickly into seizures, coma, and death from cardiorespiratory arrest. Short-term occupational exposures of this type are highly unusual but not impossible.

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