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QUESTION: Do you know if lead is used in the process to dye leather in Australia? 05 Oct 2007 NSW, Australia

 I would like to order the Basic DIY Lead testing kit. Also, I would like to ask a question. Do you know if lead is used in the process to dye leather in Australia?
Regards, E. Anne Rennie

ANSWER: 09 Jun 2009

Dear Elizabeth,

Regarding your question if lead is used in the process to dye leather in Australia, I have searched and found that leather dyes are composed of a pigment, a resin which may be casein or nitrocellulose, and a solvent. Which probably means that lead is not included in leather dyes. There has been reports though on the health effects in the industry of leather tanning, although not related to lead. Please review this article: Occupational cancers in leather tanning industries: A short review by S. K. Rastogi, C. Kesavachandran, Farzana Mahdi, and Amit Pandey. Indian J Occup Environ Med. 2007 Jan-Apr; 11(1): 35. 

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