Georgia Publishes New Resources on Lead Exposures
The Georgia Department of Public Health has released new resources urging workers to protect themselves and their families from lead exposure by showering, washing their hands, and changing their clothes after working with lead; washing work clothes separately; wearing personal protective equipment when working with lead; and never eating or drinking in areas where lead is being handled or processed.  According to the most recent data available from NIOSH’s Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance (ABLES) program, in 2016 nearly a quarter (24 percent) of employed Georgia residents had blood lead levels greater than 10 µg/dL, the fourth-highest rate among the 26 states reporting data to ABLES. NIOSH considers a BLL greater than 5 µg/dL of whole blood in a venous blood sample to be “elevated.” The new resources are available from the Georgia Department of Public Health website under the heading “Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention.”
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