Who Should be Concerned About Lead Contamination

O.K., O.K., you have heard such stories before. Asbestos, radon, second-hand smoke, etc., now its lead. And I bet that your grandma lived to 96, ate out of lead glazed dishes, and drank bottles full of lead containing "stomach elixirs".

    Based on what I have learned and read, lead can be a concern to everyone, but the greatest concerns regarding lead contamination are (in an approximate order of priority):

  1. Pregnant women and the developing fetus.
  2. Young and growing children.
  3. Children living in old houses which are in poor condition.
  4. Lead poisoning concerns are greatest for the fetus, pregnant women, and for young children.
  5. People living in older homes which are/were renovated without proper dust control.
  6. People who drink lead contaminated water.
  7. People exposure to contaminated areas, industrial areas, or dusty construction sights.
  8. Users of glazed dishes which contain lead. Most of the household items sold in the US in the last 15 years were tested for lead. Specialty items, imported items, and "the lovely one of a kind bowl picked up at a market during the last trip", are more likely to contain lead containing glazes.
  9. People who are buying, selling, renting, leasing, or renovating houses. As with many other issues like this, lead is a health issue and also an economic issue. It is now also a legal issue, the Lead Disclosure Act is the law in the US.
  10. People who have some decorative cut glass made out of lead crystal, live in a well maintained Victorian home with lead paint, and use the lead glazed pottery to store a collection of lead soldiers.

    In other words, most contamination occurs when the lead is released into the air or water, and is ingested or inhaled.

Lead in the Home