What is lead?
Lead is a natural element found in our environment. Lead was once used in a variety of products such as gasoline, paint, pipes and plumbing materials, batteries, ceramics, jewelry, and cosmetics.
What is lead poisoning?
When a person is exposed to lead, it can build up in the body, which is commonly referred to as lead poisoning or an elevated blood lead level. There is no safe level of lead in the human body.
What are the impacts of lead exposure?
Lead exposure, even at low levels, has been shown to harm the developing brains and bodies of infants and young children. This includes a decreased intelligence or ability to learn, increased behavior problems, impaired school performance, increased juvenile delinquency, and increased childhood health problems such as speech and language delays, hearing problems, kidney damage, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.