How to Protect Your Family from Lead in Indonesia
For Indonesian People Exposed To Lead At Home
In order to protect their family from lead exposure, people who work with lead must ensure that they not take lead dust home on their clothes. This can be done in several ways, including using separate clothes and shoes while at work, showering and removing work clothes before returning home, putting work clothes in a plastic bag, washing them separately from other clothes, cleaning the washing machines afterwards to remove the lead from the machine.
For people who have hobbies that involve working with lead: keep the work away from children and pregnant women (DHS 2010).
Protecting children from exposure to lead
There are several steps parents can take to protect children from lead exposure.
(Source: Yayasan Tambuhuk Sinta 2010 and DHOCNY 2007).
Good food and nutrition is another way to protect against lead being absorbed by the body. Food containing iron and calcium is protective. Iron can be found in most meat, green vegetable, eggs, tuna and whole grain. Calcium can be found in dairy products such as milk and yogurt. It is also found in ice cream, cheese and milkshakes. Children should also eat sufficient food, because children with an empty stomach may absorb more lead into the body (DHOCNY 2007).
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
In conclusion, lead poisoning is an environmental problem that can be found in many part of the world. Since lead used in many consumer products, it is important that there be public awareness of the harmful effects of lead. As a developing country, Indonesia may be at risk of high lead exposure due to limited information and awareness of lead poisoning.
This report has identified several studies about lead poisoning in several areas in Indonesia. Due to limited information and research time, this report has only identified lead poisoning in urban areas. Therefore it is suggested that a study on lead poisoning in rural areas is needed. Collaboration with Balifokus is also recommended because the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) plastic shoe study (SSNC 2009) notes: “In collaboration with the SSNC, Balifokus has launched the Indonesia Toxics Free Network to support and teach other environmental organisations in their work on chemicals issues.”
In order to increase community awareness of lead poisoning in Indonesia, there are several recommendations suggested in this report. These recommendations include:
References - see Lead Poisoning in Indonesia
The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, and the Australian Government does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.
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