Navigation Links
Lead Exposure in Workplace Still a Problem
Date:4/16/2009

CDC report shows slight increase in rates between 2005 and 2007

THURSDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) -- On-the-job lead exposure continues to be a hazard for U.S. workers, a new government report shows.

Although the rate of elevated lead blood levels among employed adults declined overall between 1994 and 2007, there was a slight increase in cases between 2005 and 2007, according to a report in the April 17 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data was taken from by 37 states in 2005, and 38 states in 2006 and 2007. National rates of elevated blood lead levels declined from 14 per 100,000 employed adults in 1994 to 7.8 per 100,000 adults in 2007. Between 2004 and 2005, that rate dropped 4 percent, from 7.5 per 100,000 adults to 7.2 per 100,000 adults. However, it increased 3 percent between 2005 and 2006/2007, from 7.2 per 100,000 adult to 7.4 per 100,000 adults.

The troubling trend dovetails with recent research about the toxicity of lead even at low doses, the researchers noted. The findings also highlight the need for stronger efforts by industry, labor, government and others to reduce occupational exposures in businesses such as battery manufacturing, mining of lead and zinc ores, and painting and paper-hanging. There also needs to be an effort to educate the public on how to prevent non-occupational exposures from recreational, home improvement and food sources, the study suggests.

According to the report, some of the interventions could include follow-up interviews with doctors, employers and workers; investigations of work sites; technical assistance; getting consultation and enforcement help from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and educational materials and outreach programs to alert the public to the health threat that lead exposure poses.

More information

More on lead poisoning in the workplace can be found at American Academy of Family Physicians.



--HealthDay News Staff



SOURCE: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, news release, April 16, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Fetal Exposure to Methamphetamine May Harm Childs Brain
2. Health Officials Identify Source of Measles, Additional Places of Possible Exposure
3. Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
4. Gulf War Syndrome May Stem From Chemical Exposure
5. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis takes action to prevent workers exposure to food flavorings chemical
6. Exposure to Peanuts May Build Tolerance to Allergy
7. NCRP Report No. 160 on increased average radiation exposure of the US population
8. Self-Referral of Medical Imaging Exams a Primary Factor in Six-Fold Increase to Americans Radiation Exposure From Scans Since 1980
9. Medical Radiation Exposure of the U.S. Population Greatly Increased Since the Early 1980s
10. Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
11. Benefits of Breastfeeding Outweigh Risk of Infant Exposure to Environmental Chemicals in Breastmilk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Lead Exposure in Workplace Still a Problem
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... First Choice Emergency Room , the largest network of independent freestanding ... of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We are pleased to announce Dr. ... James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. , Dr. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter of indulgence ... high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set the bar ... from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low expectations is ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set of ... or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, Serenity ... event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, guilt, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme mood ... something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was a ... children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) (NASDAQ: ... novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous blood-based ... closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering ... public offering price of $18.75 per share. All ... by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 The Academy of Managed Care ... that would allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily ... make formulary and coverage decisions, a move that addresses ... medicines. The recommendations address restrictions in the ... the drug label, a prohibition that hinders decision makers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: