The health effects of lead have been studied for decades yet the evidence base continues to grow and there is still much to learn.
Health effects of lead
Lead is a naturally-occurring metal in air, water, sediments, and soil, as a result of a variety of natural sources and anthropogenic processes. This means that humans can be exposed to lead containing substances in everyday situations, not just in specific workplaces where lead and lead compounds are made or used.
ILA scientists keep abreast of research findings to help ensure that our members continue to adopt risk management measures that protect employees and the general public.
Our expertise is recognised by global health bodies and we advocate that new regulatory proposals should be based on up-to-date scientific knowledge.
Our current focus is on occupational exposure to lead and we have recently commissioned a multi-million dollar independent research project designed to better understand the health effects that may occur in employees exposed to lead to allow employers and policy makers to adopt measures that protect the health and wellbeing of workers.