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The LEAD Group's
Technical Advisory Board

Prof Brian Gulson
isotopic fingerprinting

Prof Chris Winder
toxicology, occupational
health and safety

Dr. Garth Alperstein
community paediatrics

Prof Peter Newman
science and technology policy, urban planning

Dr. Ian Irvine
lead contamination

Dr. Chloe Mason
public health, environmental protection, public interest

Dr. Val Brown
environment, consumers

Dr. Jill Maddison
veterinary research

Dr. Ross Perry
holistic vet & bird specialist  

Graeme Waller
pathology, environmental assessment

Fred Salome
industrial chemist, paint.

Prof Graham Vimpani
child and family health.

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki
medical and scientific commentator.

Dr. John Wlodarczyk

Prof Geoffrey Duggin
clinical toxicologist.

Jack Haley
automotive engineering, environmental impacts of vehicles.

Michelle Calvert
local government.

Michael Mobbs
environmental law.

Elizabeth O'Brien
community advocacy, international campaigning.

Theresa Gordon
point source community advocacy, international campaigning.

Dr. Kate Hughes
political scientist, toxics campaigner.

Dr. Marc Grunseit
professional and hobby (leadlighting) safety.

Robin Mosman
conflict resolution.

Prof Michael Mira
public health, general practice.

Dr. Ben Balzer
general practice.

Rosemary Ayoub
early childhood education.

Mike van Alphen
public health and environmental investigation.

Dr. Mariann Lloyd-Smith
international toxics campaigning.

Carol Bodle
lead assessment and occupational hygiene.

Jamie Wood
local council environmental health.

Dr. Perry Gottesfeld
public health and the environment.

Isla MacGregor
Heavy metals contaminated sites.

Prof Mark P Taylor
environmental metal exposures, sources and pathways

Dr. Fatma Zahrani
pediatrics, research on lead levels

Prof Clement Adebamowo
lead in the domestic environment

Dr. Godofredo Arauzo
Doe Run lead smelter, community of La Oroya

Dr Gavin Mudd
Environmental impacts of mining

Professor Damian Gore contaminated site assessment and remediation

About the Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS)

Fact Sheet Created 15th Feb 2006, Revised 29th March 2015

What GLASS Does

GLASS provides information, advice and referrals in relation to the management and prevention of lead poisoning and lead contamination. We can refer you to community or other groups, health professionals, specialist tradespeople, organisations, etc, as appropriate. GLASS provides information through The LEAD Group website - and maintains a data base including a library database. The online publications in our library database are searchable at Library Database of the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS) and questions and answers are searchable at Q&A of the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS)

Information is also available in our fact sheets and newsletters see the homepage or do a search of the website. Referral lists are at  and links to other lead-related websites are at

For a more interactive self-help approach for obtaining information, GLASS is setting up egroups in response to needs expressed by our enquirers. Egroups are dedicated to one particular aspect of a subject; eg autism and lead. Egroup members can use one email address to send an email to all members. Members can share advice and information based on their own experience and knowledge about the particular aspect of lead. Please go to to read the descriptions of our current egroups and to join.

If you can’t find what you need on The LEAD Group website, or from the links provided above, please contact us by telephone, e-mail or post.

Telephone: If calling from within Australia, Freecall 1800 626 086; Overseas callers: +61 2 9716 0132 between 9am and 4:30pm weekdays Eastern Australian Time (or Eastern Australian Daylight Savings Time in Summer).

Email: Go to and fill in the form and include your email address for a response.

Mail: PO Box 161 Summer Hill NSW 2130 Australia.

Future Plans for GLASS

Development of egroups

If you want to suggest a new egroup topic, please contact us. We believe e-groups are an effective way for people to obtain pertinent information about lead, because much of the information is based on direct experience of the participants and a small dedicated group "can change the world" (Margaret Mead).

Increased web-publication

Provided funding is forthcoming, we plan to web-publish GLASS information on a new dedicated GLASS website and to include information currently only available in our database. In the meantime, printed material on particular topics will be posted out if this is the most appropriate way for us to respond to requests for information and advice. Some of the items in the following list of info pack topics are currently emailable but if funding for wages becomes available, we should be able to web-publish all items:

  • Alternative treatments for lead poisoning.
  • ADD (attention deficit disorder) and autism.
  • Asbestos fibro painted with lead paint.
  • Ceiling dust health risks and management.
  • Community advocacy - setting up a group.
  • Consumer products containing lead PVC mini-blinds, hair colour restorer, fishing sinkers, etc.
  • Environmental and product testing (how to collect samples and order laboratory analysis) - soil, water, rainwater, paint, dust. (The LEAD Group also sells DIY home lead assessment kits here.)
  • Hobbies and recreational activities which pose lead hazards making fishing sinkers, car repairs, furniture restoration, lead models, lead lighting, ceramics and pottery, shooting, making ammunition.

  • Lead abatement - removal and management of leaded paint, ceiling dust, soil, lead pipes & flashing.

  • Lead abatement equipment - HEPA filter vacuum cleaners, air filters and respirators.

  • Lead abatement guidelines and standards.

  • Lead aware housekeeping and childcare.

  • Lead wastes - cradle to grave management, safe disposal and recycling.

  • Leaded petrol sniffing.

  • Legal issues - litigation and legislation.

  • Medical lead testing - of blood, teeth, urine, bone, hair, nails, human ashes.

  • Motor vehicle emissions, smelting, mining and other air toxics.

  • Nutrition, breast feeding, fussy eaters, vitamin and mineral supplements, pica.

  • Occupations which pose lead hazards - painters, firearms instructors, radiator repairers.

  • Olympics - lead use reduction policy.

  • Other heavy metals - including mercury (in amalgam fillings), cadmium, arsenic, etc.

  • Pets - cats, dogs, birds, rabbits.

  • Pregnancy - protecting current and future pregnancies.

  • Test kits - do-it-yourself lead spot test kits for paint, crystal, ceramics, PVC products, etc.

  • Property purchase and renting - checking for a lead-safe house, tenants rights.

  • Standards for lead in consumer products (toys, art materials) and environmental media.

  • How your country can ban leaded petrol in as little as 6 weeks.

Some information is also available in these community languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

How GLASS is Funded

The LEAD Group Inc. currently receives no financial support from the Australian federal Department of the Environment, previously known as the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).

DSEWPaC provided funding for 6 years ending 30th June 2013. The fate of our Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS) is uncertain, so we have launched a new Lead Safe World Project including a website at and we are looking for companies and other organisations to become Lead Safe World Partners and contribute to building up solutions to lead problems on the new site, but also to resourcing GLASS – for the good of all.

Achievements and Vision of GLASS

As at March 2015, GLASS is entirely run by volunteers who handle over 5,000 enquiries per annum. To June 2013, GLASS has answered over 100,191 queries and as of December 2014 The LEAD Group’s website has been viewed by over 2,967,295 people from over 230 countries and territories. Australia is the biggest lead exporter in the world and this tiny little under-funded community group will strive to continue to provide the necessary information and support to all who need it to manage lead safely throughout the world. Please donate money, or time to help us to get grants or sponsorship and regulatory change so we have continued funding until lead poisoning is eliminated globally and the environment is protected from lead in all its uses by either bans or appropriate controls.

Please donate at: or Phone: +61 2 9716 0014

The LEAD Group Inc. Fact Sheet Index

NSW Lead Reference Centre and NSW Government Publications On this site

  1. About the Global Lead Advice and Support Service (GLASS)

  2. Main Sources of Lead

  3. How Would You Know If You or Your Child Was lead poisoned?

  4. Lead aware housekeeping

  5. Ceiling dust & lead poisoning

  6. Is your yard lead safe?

  7. Health Impacts of lead poisoning

  8. Rotary Questionnaire

  9. Lead poisoned Pets and Your Family

  10. Childhood Lead Poisoning Risk Factor Questionnaire

  11. Is Your Child Safe From Lead? - What Can You Do About Lead?

  12. Lead in Drinking Water in Australia

  13. Have We Really Resolved The Lead Issue?

  14. The Importance of the Availability of "Spot Tests" for Lead in Paint

  15. Pregnant or Planning a Pregnancy

  16. Breastfeeding and Lead

  17. Lead in breast milk

  18. Beware The Lead In Lead Lighting

  19. Renting and Lead

  20. What to do if you have too much lead in your tank water

  21. Lead Contamination in Stormwater

  22. Contamination At Shooting Ranges

  23. Banned: Leaded Wick Candles

  24. Lead, Ageing and Death

  25. Metal miniatures: How to minimise the risks of lead poisoning and contamination

  26. 7 Point Plan for the MANAGEMENT OF LEAD by Australian parents and carers

  27. Countries where Leaded Petrol is Possibly Still Sold for Road Use, As at 17th June 2011

  28. Lead Poisoning And The Brain - Cognitive Deficits And Mental Illness

  29. Facts and Firsts of Lead

  30. Lead mining royalties by state and territory

  31. Lead Mining Stewardship - Grey Lead and the Role of The LEAD Group

  32. Preventative Strategies of The LEAD Group

  33. What do Doctors need to do about Lead?

  34. A Naturopath's Experience Of Lead & People With Diagnosed Mental Illness

  35. Case File: Helping Manage Australian Lead in Petrol - How GLASS Works

  36. Glass Web & Service-Users, Experts & Volunteers, by Country; Countries with Leaded Petrol for Road Use & Worst Pollution

  37. Lead in ceiling dust

  38. Lead paint & ceiling dust management - how to do it lead-safely

  39. Esperance parliamentary inquiry follow-up factsheet: Where to from Here??

  40. Broken Hill lead miners factsheet 1893 with Note 20081015

  41. Helping a Doctor Help 35,000 Lead-Poisoned People Around the Lead Smelter at La Oroya in Peru
    Ayuda a un doctor que ayuda 35,000 personas envenenadas por plomo alrededor de la fundidora de plomo en la Oroya-Peru

  42. Fact sheet for Australian toy importers and traders

  43. Iron Nutrition & Lead Toxicity
    Informe de Acciones – Hierro y Plomo en la Nutrición

  44. Sanitarium-Are You getting Enough Iron

  45. Do-It-Yourself-Lead-Safe-Test-Kits-flyer

  46. Blood lead testing: who to test, when, and how to respond to the result

  47. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to both adults and children

  48. Lead Exposure & Alzheimer’s Disease: Is There A Link?

  49. In CHINA - Blood lead testing: who to test, when, and how to respond to the result

  50. Why you should have your ceiling dust removed before you take advantage of the Australian government's Energy Efficient Homes Package: Insulation Program

  51. Alperstein et al Lead Alert - A Guide For Health Professionals 1994

  52. Ceiling Dust WorkCover Guide Lee Schreiber Final Nov 1999

  53. What can I do about climate change AND lead?

  54. The Need for Expert Clinical Assessments in Diagnosis Of Heavy Metal Poisoning

  55. Why you should have your ceiling dust removed before you have insulation installed

  56. Thirty Thought-Starters on Ceiling Void Dust in Homes

  57. Pectin: Panacea for both lead poisoning and lead contamination

  58. Nutrients that reduce lead poisoning June 2010

  59. Lead poisoning and menopause

  60. Fact sheet For Schoolkids From Professor Knowlead About Lead

  61. Prevention of Exposure to Lead at Work in Indonesia

  62. Mencegah kontak dengan timbal di tempat kerja di Indonesia

  63. How to Protect Your Family from Lead in Indonesia

  64. Bagaimana melindungi keluargamu dari timbal di Indonesia

  65. Cigarette Smoking & Lead Toxicity
     صحيفة معلومات: التدخين والتسمم بالرصاص

  66. Medical Evaluation Questionnaire For Occupational Lead Exposure

  67. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to children

  68. Dangers of a blood lead level above 2 µg/dL and below 10 µg/dL to adults

  69. Biosolids used as fertilizer in China and other countries

  70. What are the lead poisoning risks of a lead pellet, bullet or shot lodged in the body?

  71. Alcohol’s link to higher lead and iron levels

  72. USA Case Definition of Adult (including Occupational) & Child Elevated Blood Lead Levels (EBLL)

  73. Low Level Lead Exposure Harms Children - A Renewed Call for Primary Prevention

  74. Occupational Health & Safety Fact Sheet Dangers of lead for roofers

  75. Let’s Make Leaded Petrol History - Let’s Make Leaded Gasoline History

  76. Lead, Your Health & the Environment. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Macedonian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese 

  77. Lead Safe Housekeeping

  78. Old Lead Paint

  79. Working safely with lead

  80. A Renovator's Guide To The Dangers Of Lead (Brochure 30 pages)

  81. A Guide For Health Care Professionals (Brochure 34 pages)

  82. A Guide To Keeping Your Family Safe From Lead (Brochure 20 pages)

  83. Lead Hazard Management In Children's Services (Brochure 15 pages)

  84. A Guide To Dealing With Soil That Might Be Lead-Contaminated

  85. Exposure Assessment: Lead Neurotoxicity - Is the Center for Disease Control's goal to reduce lead below 10 µg/dl blood in all children younger than 72 months by 2010, good enough?

  86. Foods for Lead Detox - Foods which Fight Lead Poisoning
    Alimentos para la Desintoxicación de Plomo - Alimentos que Luchan contra el Envenenamiento con Plomo

  87. Veganism - How do you obtain all the nutrients from a vegan diet that are important to lead exposed individuals?

  88. Blood Lead Challenge - Take the blood lead discovery and reporting challenge;
    El Desafío del Plomo en la Sangre - Descubra el nivel de plomo en la sangre y desafíe las estadisticas;
    Défi de Plomb dans le sang - Partez à la découverte de plomb dans votre sang et informez nous:

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