QUESTION: I work in a zinc copper mine with some lead and 11 weeks pregnant. Should I be removed from my work environment? - 19 Oct 2007 Queensland, Australia
I am a geologist and work in a zinc copper mine with some lead. I am currently 11 weeks pregnant and my employer has asked me to do some web investigation on the effects of lead in kids. I haven't explored your site yet but I'm assuming I will find a fair bit of information. My last lead readings were 0.21?? and 4?? I have had my lead levels recorded over the past 2.5 years of working with the company. Do you have a list of levels of which I should be removed from my work environment? Is there a way I can test the amount of lead in the dust in my office?
ANSWER: 09 Jun 2009
Dear Jamuna Kim,
I hope you and your baby are in best health and I wonder if you are still working in the same place? If you are and you are still worried about lead contamination you might like to look, on our home page, at the do it yourself lead safe test kits. You can use the kit to measure the lead in the dust at your office. Regarding the lead levels that you mentioned, I do not think that they are of concern. I would suggest though that you follow up with your blood lead level, just to check if you are exposed to any serious contamination.
Regards, Iman Hegazi MBBS, MD. Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Volunteer
See: Pregnant or Planning a Pregnancy andMedical Evaluation Questionnaire for Occupational Lead Exposure
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