Is Low Level Exposure To Lead A Big Deal? Here is Your Answer…
Before you decide to use the RRP Opt Out if/when it comes back, consider the information below. Will you, your clients, their kids and your employees be at risk if you do not use lead-safe work practices?
While the toxicity associated with exposure to high levels of lead was recognized by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the adverse health effects associated with low-level lead exposure only became widely recognized in the second half of the 20th century. Over the past 40 years, epidemiological studies, particularly in children, continue to provide evidence of health effects at lower and lower blood lead levels.
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) concludes that there is sufficient evidence for adverse health effects in children and adults at blood Pb levels below 10μg/dL and below 5μg/dL as well. The table below provides a summary of effect by life stage at which the effect is identified.
Note: This information was found in a document published by NTP titled:
Draft NTP Monograph on Health Effects of Low-Level Lead, dated 10/14/11