Lead Safety Tips

Any individual exposed to lead either through occupation, hobby or other means should follow lead-safe work practices. Following these prevention techniques will not only reduce the chances of lead poisoning among the exposed individual but will also decrease the possibility of transferring lead dust from the work site to vehicles and homes where family members can be exposed.Mask

  • Always wear a properly fitted respirator equipped with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters
  • Wear protective clothing such as coveralls and gloves to keep lead dust from settling on the body and skin
  • Keep pregnant women, children and pets outside the work area as they are most susceptible to the harmful effects of lead poisoning
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke in the work area because lead dust can be ingested easily
  • Always wash your hands before eating, drinking or smoking after lead exposure
  • Be sure to operate in a well-ventilated areas
  • ShowerChange clothes and shoes before leaving the work area
  • Wash work clothes aside from all other laundry
  • Shower before leaving the work site to rid the body and hair of lead dust
  • When disturbing lead-based paint, use wet methods for removal rather than sanding and scraping which create lead dust

Bureau of Environmental Health
Curtis State Office Building

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 330
Topeka, KS 66612-1274
Phone: 1-866-865-3233
FAX: (785) 296-5594