Where am I likely to encounter lead outside of the home?

The most common source of lead poisoning in adults is lead-contaminated dust found in work environments. Some lead related jobs and work environments include:

  • Battery manufacturing
  • Automotive parts manufacturing
  • Automotive repair
  • Firing ranges
  • Carpentry
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Smelting & refining of nonferrous metals
  • Plumbing
  • Glass productions
  • Demolition work
  • Leaded paint abatement
  • Brass/copper foundry
  • Iron working*

*Bridge, tunnel, elevated highway construction, valve and pipe fitting.

Some lead related hobbies include:

  • Making stained glass
  • Making pottery
  • Gun & rifle activities
  • Refinishing furniture
  • Renovating & remodeling homes
  • Making fishing lures & sinkers