Despite reductions in exposure following OSHA's publication of lead standards for general industry, more than 80% of elevated lead levels in adults come.
Lead poisoning is a serious risk for young children. Exposure to old paints, water from lead pipes, and fumes from leaded fuels can cause lead.
Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are the most common sources of lead.
Information on adult blood lead poisoning and the ABLES Program.
The true extent of adult lead poisoning in the United States is difficult to measure because of limited data and changing definitions of elevated.