Irsquom Exposed to Lead in My Construction Job Are My Children at Risk of Lead Poisoning

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I'm exposed to lead in my construction job. Are my children at risk of lead poisoning?
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The unfortunate answer to this question is yes, your children have an elevated risk of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can lead to brain damage, behavioral problems, and other developmental issues.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) children of construction workers who have been exposed to lead are six times as likely to have elevated blood-lead levels as children whose parents do not work in lead-related industries.

To protect your children, it is important not to bring lead into the house. Your employer should provide you with clean protective clothing and ensure that you shower and change your clothes before leaving work.