13 Oct 09
Lead is a poisonous substance that affects many parts of the body, particularly the nervous system such as the brain and nerves, as well as the blood system and kidneys. Lead poisoning occurs when too much lead enters the body. A person’s body absorbs lead when the person breathes in lead dust, fume or vapour. Eating with bare hands and environmental exposure can contribute to excessive lead absorption. Organic lead compounds can also be absorbed through the skin.
Lead poisoning is an occupational disease that adversely affects workers’ health. In 2008, of the 8 cases of workplace chemical poisoning, 2 cases were related to excessive absorption of lead.
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