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Overview

Lead is a soft metal that has many uses, but it is also a strong poison that can make you sick and kill you. It is possible to get lead into your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust and lead fumes. Lead dust can also get on your hands and face or in your food, and drinks. When lead gets into your body, it can damage your nerves, stomach, intestines, kidneys, reproductive functions, and red blood cells. You can be exposed to lead for years and not have any symptoms. But the more you are exposed, the greater your risk of showing symptoms and being poisoned.

  • Brochures/Guides
  • Fact sheets
    • Lead in construction
      Covers the key requirements in 1926.62, Oregon OSHA's lead rule for the construction industry.
      English  06/15/2018
  • Quick facts
    • Don’t take lead dust home!
      ¡No lleve el polvo de plomo a su casa!
      Algunos tipos de trabajo producen humo o polvo de plomo. Su patron tiene que cumplir con leyes específicas para protegerle contra el envenenamiento. Aprenda cómo protegerse contra el plomo en el trabajo. - | - Some kinds of work make lead dust or fumes and your employer must follow special laws to protect you from lead poisoning. Learn about lead in the workplace and how to protect yourself from lead on the job.
      Spanish  01/24/2017
    • Lead and lead poisoning
      El plomo y el envenenamiento por plomo
      Datos Rápidos para trabajadores - Describe los efectos y síntomas de envenenamiento por plomo y las maneras más comunes en las que usted puede estar expuesto al plomo en el trabajo. | Quick Facts for employees - Describes the effects and symptoms of lead poisoning, and the most common ways you can be exposed to lead at work.
      Spanish  08/25/2016
  • References
    • Rules with requirements
      We get many calls and emails from employers asking the same question. It begins: “Which of your rules have requirements for…” You can finish the sentence with words like “recordkeeping,” “employee training,” and “written documents.” To answer those questions, we’ve organized these rules requirements into a filterable, sortable, searchable table.
      English  05/10/2019

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